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EBV Green Spaces

We’ve set up EBV’s gardens and green spaces to thrive by selecting plants that are well suited to our environment.

Our landscapers, Dan Palmer, Jeremy Prentice and the team from Very Edible Gardens, spent time understanding EBV’s whole environment – factors like the sun and wind, and how those will change throughout the day and the seasons – before making their selections.

We’ve shared those plant selections and accompanying care advice here, so that you can help your garden to thrive too.

Common Name – Pineapple Guava

Latin Name
Feijoa sellowiana (Acca sellowiana)

Flowering time(s)
Late Spring; Early Summer

Category
Shrub

A little about Acca sellowiana
A versatile landscape addition that also produces an abundance of fruit! Fleshy, white flower petals are also edible with a delicate flavour. Tasty guava-like fruit in late autumn. Easily trained as espalier, screen, or tree. Effective as a wind break. Evergreen.

Floral Color
White

Location(s) @ EBV
Lot 2, Building B rooftop

Common Name – Yarrow ‘Moonshine’

Latin Name
Achillea ‘Moonshine’

Flowering time(s)
Autumn, late Spring, early Summer, late Summer

Category
Perennial

A little about Achillea ‘Moonshine’
Produces masses of flat-topped flower clusters from spring through autumn. An effective companion plant, yarrow attracts a wide range of beneficial insects (including ladybirds!) while repelling some undesirables, such as ants and flies. Has traditions of medicinal use though caution should be exercised due to possible toxicity.

Floral Color
Yellow

Location(s) @ EBV
L1 Rooftop; L2 BB Rooftop

Common Name – Bugleweed

Latin Name
Ajuga reptans

Flowering time(s)
Spring, Summer

Category
Ground Cover

A little about Ajuga reptans
Ajuga produces flower spikes in the spring and will grow in sun or light shade. It is often used as a ground cover. Infusions of Ajuga have been said to arrest haemorrhages and to ease coughs. An evergreen, spreading perennial.

Floral Color
Purple

Location(s) @ EBV
L1 Podium; L2 Podium

Common Name – Kangaroo Paw ‘Yellow’

Latin Name
Anigozanthos flavidus ‘Yellow’

Flowering time(s)
Spring, Summer

Category
Perennial

A little about Anigozanthos flavidus ‘Yellow’
Western Australian perennial with striking, furry flowers. Evergreen. Divide every 3 – 4 years and remove flower stems after flowering. Attracts birds for pollination. Can regenerate after fire. Flowers popular for both fresh and dried floral arrangements.

Floral Color
Yellow

Location(s) @ EBV
L1 Rooftop; L2 BC Rooftop

Common Name – Lemon Scented Myrtle

Latin Name
Backhousia citriodora

Flowering time(s)
Spring, Summer

Category
Shrub

A little about Austromyrtus dulcis
A evergreen large shrub to small tree from the subtropical rainforests of Queensland. Leaves are strongly aromatic when crushed and make a delicious tea. Traditionally used by Indigenous Australians for both medicinal and culinary uses. Showy clusters of fragrant, cream flowers are produced in late summer.

Floral Color
White

Location(s) @ EBV
L1 Podium; L2 Podium

Common Name – Pomegranate ‘Wonderful’

Latin Name
Punica granatum ‘Wonderful’

Flowering time(s)
Spring, early summer

Category
Shrub

A little about Punica granatum ‘Wonderful’
Prized for both its spectacular, bejewelled fruit and ornamental qualities. Prominent red flowers through spring and early summer. Pomegranates are usually multi-stemmed shrubs but may be pruned into a handsome, single trunk, small tree form. Generally deciduous, but behaves as an evergreen in more tropical climates. ‘Wonderful’ is the most popular commercial variety, producing large deep purple-red fruit with rich red flesh.

Floral Color
RED

Location(s) @ EBV
L1 Rooftop; L2 BB Rooftop

Common Name – Greek Oregano

Latin Name
Origanum vulgare var. hirtum

Flowering time(s)
Summer, autumn

Category
Shrub

A little about Origanum vulgare var. hirtum
Perennial Fragrant and robust Mediterranean ground cover that prefers full sun. Apply liberally anywhere in the vacinity of tomatoes or olive oil. Greek oregano is one of the best culinary oreganos. Tip prune regularly to encourage density.

Evergreen.

Floral Color
White, pink

Location(s) @ EBV
L2 BC Rooftop

Common Name – Eureka lemon

Latin Name
Citrus limon ‘Eureka’

Flowering time(s)
Summer, Autumn, Winter, Spring

Category
Tree

A little about Citrus limon ‘Eureka’
A vigorous lemon variety that can easily be trained as an espalier screen or a tree. The Eureka lemon fruits all year round (yes!) with its heaviest crop in the winter. Fruit is medium to large and very juicy with minimal seeds and a thick rind. Fruits can remain in tact on the tree for a long period. Fruit, juice, peel and oil have a wide range of medicinal uses. Fragrant blossoms.

Floral Color
White

Location(s) @ EBV
L2 BC Rooftop

Common Name – Cotyledon ‘Silver Dollar’

Latin Name
Cotyledon orbiculata

Flowering time(s)
Summer, Winter

Category
Succulent

A little about Cotyledon orbiculata
A South African succulent with powdery, bright silver foliage. Peachy orange clusters of urn-shaped flowers are held tall above the fleshy, round leaves during the summer and winter. Flowers are sensitive to heavy frosts. Will happily grow in containers.

Floral Color
Orange/pink

Location(s) @ EBV
L1 Rooftop; L2 BC Rooftop

Common Name – Silver Nickel Vine

Latin Name
Dichondra argentea ‘Silver Falls’

Flowering time(s)
Spring, Summer

Category
Ground Cover

A little about Dichondra argentea ‘Silver Falls’
Trailing groundcover with soft, kidney shaped silver-grey leaves. Often grown in hanging baskets or over walls for its draping and august ‘beard’ of foliage. Adapted to the deserts of its homelands in Texas and Mexico, it will cope with dry conditions.

Floral Color
White

Location(s) @ EBV
L2 Podium

Common Name – Fig ‘Brown Turkey’

Latin Name
Ficus carica ‘Brown Turkey’

Category
Tree

A little about Ficus carica ‘Brown Turkey’
Native to the Middle East and western Asia, figs have been cultivated for food since ancient times. A handsome, deciduous tree with pale bark, it is a classic of the southern European garden. Pulp inside the fruit is actually clusters of tiny, internal flowers! ‘Brown Turkey’ figs produce large fruit with brown skin and sweet, pink flesh. Only pick figs when soft and fully ripe, as they do not ripen off the tree. Sap can be an irritant so prune with caution (and gloves).

Location(s) @ EBV
L1 Rooftop; L2 BB Rooftop

Common Name – Curry Plant

Latin Name
Helichrysum italicum

Flowering time(s)
Summer, Autumn, Winter, Spring

Category
Perennial

A little about Helichrysum italicum
Aromatic, silver foliage has a curry-like flavour that can be used in cooking. Small, cream to pale yellow flower heads. Tolerates tough soils and makes a robust and attractive ground cover or border plant.

Floral Color
Cream

Location(s) @ EBV
L1 Rooftop

Common Name – Crepe Myrtle ‘Townhouse’

Latin Name
Lagerstroemia indica x fauriei ‘Townhouse’

Flowering time(s)
Summer

Category
Tree

A little about Lagerstroemia indica x fauriei ‘Townhouse’
A small, deciduous tree known for its attractive sinewy bark, red and orange autumn leaves and profusion of summer flowers. This is a hybrid of Japanese and Indian Crepe Myrtle species with increased disease resistance. ‘Townhouse’ is a white flowering variety that can reach a height of 8 metres in ideal conditions.

Floral Color
White

Location(s) @ EBV
L1 Rooftop

Common Name – Bay Laurel

Latin Name
Laurus nobilis

Flowering time(s)
Spring

Category
Tree

A little about Laurus nobilis
This dense, deep green, evergreen tree is a common sight in Melbourne gardens. Aromatic bay leaves are a staple in Mediterranean cuisines. An easy plant to grow, but can be difficult to remove once established in the ground. Works well in a pot. Both large tree and shrub forms available. The god Apollo is thought to have worn a wreath of bay leaves.

Floral Color
Yellow

Location(s) @ EBV
L1 Rooftop; Streetscape

Common Name – Italian Lavender

Latin Name
Lavandula stoechas

Flowering time(s)
Spring, Summer

Category
Perennial

A little about Lavandula stoechas
A mounded, evergreen shrub with dense, green-grey woolly leaves, and distinctive flowers both in form and aroma. Best if clipped back after flowering. Widely used for in fragrances in traditional medicine. This species shouldn’t be planted outside of the city, where it may have weedy potential.

Floral Color
Purple

Location(s) @ EBV
L1 Rooftop

Common Name – Catmint ‘Walker’s Blue’

Latin Name
Nepeta x faassenii ‘Walkers Blue’

Flowering time(s)
Spring, Summer, Autumn

Category
Perennial

A little about Nepeta x faassenii ‘Walkers Blue’
Small, bushy perennial to 60cm tall. Grey-green leaves are aromatic when bruised. Long-lasting blue flowers produced in the warmer months. Cut back as flowers begin to fade to induce a second flush of blooms. Ideal selection for a sunny position as a border, in cottage gardens or rockeries. Semi-evergreen. Nepetas have a euphoric effect on some domestic cats.

Floral Color
Lavender/blue

Location(s) @ EBV
L2 BB Rooftop

Common Name – Olive ‘Californian Queen/UC13A6’

Latin Name
Olea europea ‘UC13A6’

Flowering time(s)
Spring, early Summer

Category
Tree

A little about Olea europea ‘UC13A6’
A handsome, meditteranean tree known for its general robustness and attractive foliage with silvery undersides. Grows well in a large container in full sun. This variety is also known as ‘Californian Queen’ and produces a sizeable, round table olive that can be eaten green or black (after pickling). Evergreen.

Floral Color
White

Location(s) @ EBV
L1 Rooftop; L2 BB Rooftop; L2 BC Rooftop

Common Name – Boston Ivy

Latin Name
Parthenocissus tricuspidata

Category
Climber

A little about Parthenocissus tricuspidata
A vigorous, self-attaching, deciduous vine much loved (and photographed) for carpeting external building walls and surfaces in luxuriant foliage. Glossy, dark green, three-lobed leaves turn a vibrant red in autumn. Although a member of the grape family, the small berries are toxic.

Location(s) @ EBV
L1 Podium; L2 Podium

Common Name – Silver Spur Flower

Latin Name
Plectranthus argentatus

Flowering time(s)
Summer, Autumn

Category
Shrub

A little about Plectranthus argentatus
A velvety, native shrub from the mint family. Rounded habit and silver-green, downy leaves with spikes of lavender flowers produced in summer and autumn. Popular as a tree underplanting as it prefers semishade. Prune back hard every couple of years to prevent floppiness and an open form.

Floral Color
Lilac/white

Location(s) @ EBV
L2 Podium

Common Name – Callery Pear ‘Chanticleer’

Latin Name
Pyrus calleryana ‘Chanticleer’

Flowering time(s)
Spring

Category
Tree

A little about Pyrus calleryana ‘Chanticleer’
Ornamental pear originating in China known for its dense habit and lustrous dark green leaves. ‘Chanticleer’ is an upright, conical form with green foliage transforming to a deep red colour in autumn. Masses of white blossoms in spring are followed by small, inedible fruit. A popular street tree for its robustness.

Floral Color
White

Location(s) @ EBV
Streetscape

Common Name – Pin Oak EDF (early defoliant form)

Latin Name
Quercus Palustris

Flowering times(s)
Mid-Late Spring, Early Summer, Autumn

Category
Tree

A little about Quercus Palustris
A beautifully tall oak tree with unusual branching habits. Its upper branches are upright, middle ones horizontal and its lower limbs slant gracefully towards the earth. Its foliage is typically a deep dark green which transforms into a crimson red in Autumn. They can tolerate full sun exposure and drier conditions but grow best in cooler climates. The Pin Oak bears acorns and are a great source of food for wildlife. A perfect tree for amongst the streets or home. 

Location(s) @ EBV
Streetscape

Common Name – Broadleaf Sage

Latin Name
Salvia officinalis ‘Broadleaf Sage’

Flowering time(s)
Spring

Category
Perennial

A little about Salvia officinalis ‘Broadleaf Sage’
One of the many varieties of culinary sage, with aromatic leaves perfect for Mediterranean style dishes. Have you tried it with pumpkin? Textured, silver grey-green foliage and relative drought tolerance lends it to many uses in the garden. Arguably the most overlooked of the four ‘Simon & Garfunkle’ herbs. Evergreen, though dies back to minimal foliage through the winter. Tip prune regularly in warmer months to encourage fresh growth.

Floral Color
Pale purple

Location(s) @ EBV
L1 Rooftop; L2 BB Rooftop; L2 BC Rooftop

Common Name – Purple Sage

Latin Name
Salvia officinalis ‘Purpurascens’

Flowering time(s)
Spring

Category
Perennial

A little about Salvia officinalis ‘Broadleaf Sage’
Loved by both cooks and gardeners for its mix of culinary qualities and for its ornamental purple-tinged leaves. Excellent as a border plant, in cottage gardens or in Mediterranean style gardens. Evergreen, though dies back to minimal foliage through the winter. Tip prune regularly in warmer months to encourage fresh growth.

Floral Color
Pale purple

Location(s) @ EBV
L1 Rooftop; L2 BB Rooftop

Common Name – Rosemary ‘Blue Lagoon’

Latin Name
Salvia rosmarinus ‘Blue Lagoon’

Flowering time(s)
Spring

Category
Perennial

A little about Salvia rosmarinus ‘Blue Lagoon’
A shrub form of the popular culinary herb. Volumes of mauve-blue spring flowers in the spring complement its aromatic foliage. Rosemary is a robust plant that enjoys full sun. Excellent as a low hedge or in rockeries. Trim after flowering to encourage fresh growth and density. Evergreen.

Floral Color
Blue

Location(s) @ EBV
L1 Rooftop; L2 BB Rooftop; L2 BC Rooftop; Streetscape

Common Name – Dwarf Lilly Pilly

Latin Name
Syzygium smithii ‘Minor

Flowering time(s)
Summer

Category
Shrub

A little about Syzygium smithii ‘Minor
A smaller, shrub version of the Australian coastal rainforest tree. Dense, glossy foliage. Evergreen. Edible berries produced from winter into spring are high in vitamin C and most commonly used by preserving as jams or sauces. Berries are also eaten by a variety of Australian birds, including crimson rosella and Australian king parrot. Fire retardant.

Floral Color
White

Location(s) @ EBV
L1 Podium

Common Name – Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’

Latin Name
Sedum telephium ‘Autumn Joy’

Flowering time(s)
Autumn

Category
Perennial

A little about Syzygium smithii ‘Minor
This small, succulent shrub produces masses of tiny, deep pink flowers in clusters which fade to copper as the season progresses. Waxy leaves are edible and can be used to thicken soups and stocks. Dies back to rootstock over winter and fresh rosettes of foliage emerge again in spring. You might prefer to use one of its lesser known common names such as frog’s-stomach, midsummer-men or witch’s moneybag.

Floral Color
Pink to bronze

Location(s) @ EBV
L2 BC Rooftop

Common Name – Italian Thyme

Latin Name
Thymus nummularius

Flowering time(s)
Late Spring, early Summer

Category
Ground Cover

A little about Thymus nummularius
A low-growing, spreading perennial producing masses of beautiful pink flowers in summer. Also known as ‘pizza thyme’, use it to flavor your Mediterannean dishes.

Floral Color
Pink

Location(s) @ EBV
L1 Rooftop; L2 BB Rooftop; L2 BC Rooftop; Streetscape

Common Name – Star Jasmine

Latin Name
Trachelospermum jasminoides

Flowering time(s)
Late Spring, early Summer

Category
Climber

A little about Trachelospermum jasminoides
Bearing richly scented, starry white flowers in spring and summer, this vigorous climber can be trained up a vertical support, as a ground cover or pruned into a shrub. Tolerates semishade and displays lush, green foliage year round. The milky latex-like sap can be an irritant so use gloves when pruning!

Floral Color
White

Location(s) @ EBV
Streetscape

Common Name – Society Garlic

Latin Name
Tulbaghia violaceae

Flowering time(s)
Summer, Autumn, Winter, Spring

Category
Perennial

A little about Tulbaghia violaceae
This small South African plant is usually grown for its attractive strappy foliage and clusters of lilac flowers. However, it’s also a fine green culinary onion with (as the name suggests) a strong garlic aroma. The flowers can also be added to salads for colour and zing. Said to repel aphids, it makes an excellent border around rose or vegetable beds.

Floral Color
Lilac

Location(s) @ EBV
L1 Rooftop; L2 BB Rooftop; L2 BC Rooftop; Streetscape

Common Name – Native Violet

Latin Name
Viola hederaceae

Flowering time(s)
Spring, early Summer

Category
Ground Cover

A little about Viola hederaceae
A native, creeping ground cover prefering semi-shade. Purple and white flowers are edible (and make a colourful garnish for a salad). In moist and low-traffic areas it can be used as a lawn alternative with no need for mowing.

Floral Color
White / purple

Location(s) @ EBV
L1 Podium; L2 Podium

Common Name – Ornamental Grape

Latin Name
Vitis cv.

Category
Climber

A little about Vitis cv.
A vigorous, non-fruiting deciduous vine. Green leaves turn rich colours of orange, red and purple before falling in the autumn. When grown over pergolas it creates comfortable shade in summer while letting warm sun through in winter. Grape vines can live for hundreds of years.

Location(s) @ EBV
L1 Rooftop; L2 BC Rooftop