Early European settlers in Australia and New Zealand dreamed of home and wanted to make gardens which reminded them of 'the old country'. But with the growth of the environmental movement since 1970 there has been much more emphasis on the use of indiginous plants.
The severe Australian drought of the early twenty-first century led to severe restrictions on water use in South Australia and this provided another reason for using native plants able to tolerate dry conditions. Most of the urban development in this area is near the sea and a great many properties are either beach houses offering a 'Home and Away' lifestyle.
Kata Tjuta, Australia