|I have a large hedge on one side of the yard all of areca palms, which are self-sufficient, but lately are not looking so hot. I do not have a lot of time but what do you recommend? Also, I want to plan something in front of the arecas to add visial interest. The soil is extremely dry. What plants do you recommend? Tks, Raquel|
|Areca palms make great screening plants and are relatively easy to care for. The foliage can yellow if they need to be fed. Use a palm fertilizer (one high in phosphous and potassium but low in nitrogen) and apply according to label directions. It will take 4-5 weeks for your palms to regain their color.
You can plant daylilies or Gaura (Gaura lindheimeri) near your areca palms to provide a splash of color from spring through fall. Enjoy your garden.