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Depends on varieties - if they're indoors, the palms' leaves could be finding the air too hot and dry.
The shrivelled leaves might be due to frost, or to strong winds. As long as only a few leaves shrivel it will recover.
You can certainly make a hedge of it if you want to, although you may find that, in time, you will have a shell of leaves and a fairly empty middle. The only thing I'd say is that it would be best pruned by hand to keep a good shape rather than using a hedge trimmer.
Probably best in pots as they'll germinate faster than outdoors.
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I agree with Geoff - it's still too early. Not just in terms of cold, but the current wet spell - heavy rain will over-saturate them and beat down the plants.
Started bright in North Yorks, but now raining, and expected to continue for the day - sigh.
I'm taking the time to tidy my house plants...
Why not go for cress instead? It does grow faster.
I'm fond of them too, particularly for their leaf colours.