Yes, get over it! Regardless of the few junipers and eucalypti that have earned their bad reputation, there are many useful and practical junipers and eucalypti, as well as other plants with unjustified bad reputations.
Junipers have a bad name. So do eucalypti. Too many of the wrong types were planted back at a time when they were too trendy. Those that were planted into inappropriate situations grew up to cause problems. The names of all junipers and eucalypti are now synonymous with those problems, even though there are many types of both genera that are quite practical for landscape purposes.
Get over it.
There are many junipers and eucalypti that are very good options for some landscape purposes. They need only minimal watering once established, and many will survive with none at all when mature. Some types of juniper grow as very low and very dense ground cover. With proper pruning, others can develop as exquisitely sculptural shrubbery or even small trees. (Just do NOT shear them!) Because of their very complaisant roots, some of the smaller eucalypti work very well as street trees.
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I actually wish that I could grow eucalypti here, but I’m zone 7a (6b in a bad winter), so no go. I did manage to keep a Eucalyptus perriniana alive through 2 winters, back in the 1980s when we lived in Zone 7b but then a more “normal” winter did it in. As for junipers, my objection to the prostrate ones is that once anything (grass or weeds) does get established under them – and they invariably do – they are a royal PITA to “clear”. I used to use rose gloves and still cursed at them, LOL. Plus rodents just love the cover of prostrate juniper, it seems. 😦
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That is actually why I dislike the old fashioned ‘tam’ junipers. They are actually a group of Juniperus tamariscifolia cultivars I believe. They are difficult to prune too low without disfigurement, but can not be pruned up off the ground either. There is no way to prevent them from mixing with weeds, . . . or rodents. I can keep the other junipers up a bit higher so that, even though they look like they spread out on the ground, I can pick them up and push them aside to get the weeds underneath.