I love looking at other people's gardens. By looking at what people grow, you can tell a lot about who they are. It is always a pleasure strolling around my local area to compare plants, see what is blooming or doing well at a particular time of year or just enjoy the plants.
I am fortunate to live in a historic part of the city with many older gardens. These gardens often harbor many old-fashioned plants, most of which cannot be found in garden centres. Many of these gardens were planted in the early part of the 1900s when warm-climate plants were popular in Sydney.
Sydney's mild climate is conducive to the cultivation of almost any plant. Colder-climate shrubs find the summer rain and humidity a bit much to deal with, and many often drop dead without warning (as happened with a Lavender plant I was attempting to grow). Azaleas are no-no, and roses hate our humidity. By contrast, these warm-climate plants thrive.