The waters of the canal reflect the varied texture, color and form of conifers that grow well in this region. Dwarf conifers and large specimens illustrate the variety of plants available to the gardener. In 2012, the NBG Conifer Garden was designated by the American Conifer Society as a Reference Garden for the Southeast.
There are more than 2,300 plants representing 350 different species and cultivars of conifers found in the Garden. A concentration of them can be found in the Conifer Garden. This is a good area to see the variety of conifers – to compare the sizes, forms and unique characteristics of plants in this collection. In this area we h ave combined conifers with companion plants such as as Agapanthus (African Lilies), Sedums, and ornamental grasses. Spring flowering Daffodils punctuate the perennial plantings in the spring.
Conifers are plants that bear cones. Conifers are part of the class of plants known as gymnosperms. These are plants that lack flowers and reproduce by seeds borne naked on a bract or sporophyll. In the case of conifers, this is the cone. In contrast to gymnosperms, angiosperms are flowering plants that produce seeds in enclosed in ovaries.
Most conifers are evergreen, but some plants like the bald cypress (Taxodium distichum) are deciduous.
The Garden is a member of the American Conifer Society.
The American Conifer Society has designated our Conifer Garden a Conifer Reference garden.
Plants to look for:
Arborvitae, Cryptomeria, False Cypress, Juniper, Spruce
Learn more about the beautiful Conifer Garden at Norfolk Botanical Garden in southeast Virginia. Les Parks shows you how Conifers are a great addition to your own landscape as they look stunning in all seasons! This Garden was designated by the American Conifer Society as a Reference Garden for the Southeast.