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The Best Plants for Housewarming Presents

Here at the Palm Centre we believe that houseplants make the most wonderful housewarming gift. From students settling into a new share house to a young couple moving into their first home, giving someone a living organism is the most beautiful and sustainable way of wishing them success in their new environment.

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Top 10 Garden Plants of 2023

Looking for inspiration for your garden as the growing season gets underway? With spring just around the corner a lot of people are wondering which plants are trending, and how they can incorporate them into their garden.


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A Palm Centre Introduction: Agave montana

Here at the Palm Centre we’re passionate about plants and proud to have introduced several wonderful exotic plants to the UK. One of these is the beautiful Agave montana. Read more about this wonderful plant and the story of its discovery.

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Tropical Triumph: Mastering the Art of Hardy Banana Plant Care

Banana plants are among the easiest of exotic plants to grow and new species are introduced all the time.

The hardy banana tree is actually an herbaceous perennial (the world’s largest) despite being referred to as a tree. What looks like a trunk is actually tightly bound banana leaves.

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Olive Trees 101: Loving your olive tree

Among the oldest cultivated trees in the world, the olive tree is a great addition to any garden. Growing well both in pots and in the ground, even in poor or stony soil.

Olive trees are evergreen and will add a Mediterranean feel to your garden, patio or balcony.

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Tiny Terrors: Olive Trees Under Aphid Siege!

Olive trees, though typically associated with Mediterranean climates, have become increasingly popular in the United Kingdom due to their ornamental appeal and ability to withstand milder British winters. However, the UK’s unique climate can also attract unwanted pests, such as woolly aphids. These tiny insects can infest olive trees, causing damage to foliage and impeding their overall health.

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All about Phyllostachys

Bamboo is a versatile and attractive plant that can be used for a variety of purposes, including as a privacy screen, windbreak, or simply for its aesthetic appeal. Phyllostachys bamboo which is known as a running bamboo, is a popular choice for planting in the ground due to its fast growth rate and ability to form dense clumps.

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Top Five Hardy Palms for the UK

If you’ve just discovered the wonderful world of hardy exotic gardening then you might be wondering what palm trees you can grow in the UK climate. Here’s our list of the top five that we recommend.


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Top ground ferns for dry shade

One of nature’s resilient marvels – ground ferns – are perfectly suited for the challenging conditions of dry shade. In the often overlooked corners of gardens, where sunlight struggles to penetrate and moisture is scarce, these remarkable ferns thrive against all odds, adding a touch of lush greenery to even the most shaded areas.


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