Plantings at Virginia Beach


Virginia Beach from our hotel room
     This past weekend our family went to Virginia Beach to get in some beach time before the weather gets too cool.  It is a resort area on the Atlantic Ocean on the eastern Virginia coastline.  This was the first time we've had a vacation or been to the beach since we moved to Virginia in May.

     I have not been to Virginia Beach in several years.  I recalled when I visited the area years ago that it was overrun with souvenir and t-shirt shops, pancake restaurants and crab houses.  It still has those, but I was pleasantly surprised that there were some new hotels and lovely landscaping along the fronts of the hotels and the boardwalk.  Here are some photos I took of the plantings while we were there.

pampas grass
     There is a median strip between the walkway/bikeway that runs in front of the hotels and the boardwalk that fronts the beach.  The major plantings here are pampas and other grasses, sedges and bushes.

looking down the walkway/bikeway

     The median strip also has some flowering bushes like these rose bushes.

hotel front landscaping

     The hotels have done a lot of beautiful landscaping like the above photo of coleus and geraniums.

hotel front landscaping

zinniaz, boxwood and palm trees

hotel landscaping

zinnias and coleus



     On our last day there we were rewarded with some dolphin sightings just offshore.  They are in the very center of the photo.  I'm glad we went when we did, because this week it has suddenly turned quite cool with lows in the low 50's at night and 70's during the day.  Fall is coming too quickly.


  1. L, your evocative images bring back some fond memories of Virginia Beach. I love that area. And the seafood. Cheers.

    1. It is a nice area with a wide, sandy beach. We enjoyed it.