Descend the steps below NATO Overlook and enter a different world. Tropical and subtropical plants that thrive outdoors in Hampton Roads line the bank of the canal. A warm microclimate created by the water and protected hillside help these plants survive a winter here but not elsewhere in Virginia since Norfolk is at the northern edge of USDA zone 8.
Plants to look for:
Spring: Bird of Paradise
Summer: Voodoo Lily, Willow-leaved Jessamine, Cigar Flower, Indigo
Fall: Bottlebrush, Winged Crown Beard, Hibiscus, Lion‘s Ear
Winter: Daphniphyllum, Dioon, Gum tree, Coontie