Plant Australian natives
Instead of fighting the Australian climate, work with it and grow indigenous plants. Plants that have evolved to handle the local conditions will use much less water and help nurture native birds and insects.
Native plants are also less susceptible to pests and disease, and require less pesticides and fertilizer. They will not become noxious weeds.
Most of all, native gardens are beautiful – from flowers like native orchids, kangaroo paw and flowering gums to dramatic foliage and sculptural plants like tree ferns.