Another popular palm that’s pretty tolerant of the UK climate is Trachycarpus fortunei (Chusan palm). This has a sturdy, hairy trunk with long fan-like fronds at the top.
If you want to bring the tropics indoors, they can also be grown as a conservatory specimen. However, if they are grown outdoors, be sure to knock of any snow off the foliage with a broom because the weight of it can snap the branches.
Sitting in your garden, looking up at the sky through palm fronds will instantly transport you away to your dream holiday.
Yucca gloriosa (Spanish dagger) has beautiful leaves that are stiff and spiky that grow to 60cm long. Happiest in a sunny but sheltered spot, they can grow to 2.5 metres tall and wide. Their spikes can be vicious, so be sure they are away from children. However if that’s not a risk, they are great to plant along walls or fences as a deterrent to intruders.