Q: I have noticed palm trees planted around lake homes and hotels in my area. I want to have a tropical garden around my screened porch. What palms are they using? Bob Marley, Clayton county
A: Needle palm, Rhapidophyllum hystrix and windmill palm, Trachycarpus fortunei actually do very well in Atlanta. Windmill palm is the more erect of the two and is probably what you’re noticing.