Palms are a prominent part of the Southern California landscape, and have been since at least the end of the nineteenth century.  Until very recently, the overwhelming majority of palms in Southern California were comprised of the "Dirty Dozen," a number of very common, easy-to-grow species.  And, their ease of culture made them easy to use.

But many Southern California palm lovers want more, and the world has given hundreds of species to grow here. 

This front yard looks like it's in Hawaii, but it's in La Habra, California.

This front yard looks like it's in Hawaii, but it's in La Habra, California.