Demonstration Landscape

We built a new Demonstration Landscape at our administration office in La Mesa. It beautifies the neighborhood and inspire WaterSmart landscaping in all the neighborhoods we serve. Installing a WaterSmart landscape is a big upgrade for your property, and we have the resources to help you.

3 Gardens, 3 Styles to Inspire You

3 Streets, 3 Gardens

Our garden on University Avenue features plants from the world’s Mediterranean climate zones. The garden on Lee Avenue showcases desert plants and Palo Verde trees. The garden on Quince Street demonstrates the casual beauty of plants and trees native to California and northern Baja. We built each garden right next to the public sidewalk, so you can enjoy them whenever you like.

WaterSmart Plants

The plants in all three of our gardens are right at home in San Diego’s climate. They can thrive on half, a third or a fifth of the water that a traditional lawn needs. You can save an enormous amount of water and save money on your water bill, too.

Experience the Gardens

The gardens are growing and blooming, and attracting honeybees, birds and butterflies. And we made it easy to learn about WaterSmart plants. Plant markers provide the name of each plant and, when you scan the QR codes with the camera app on your smartphone, we show you plant information. Learn how much water a plant needs, when it blooms, the flower color and its full-grown size.

Explore this Webpage

We created interactive versions of our gardens here on our website. Hover over the plans to see plant names or click on a plant to see how much sun and water it needs, when it blooms, the flower color and its full grown size. You can also download each garden plan and use it to help you design your own landscape. Scroll down and start exploring!

Demonstration Landscape

Helix Administration Office
7811 University Avenue
La Mesa, CA

Gardens are next to the public sidewalk that surrounds our Administration Office on University Avenue, Lee Avenue and Quince Street.

Free parking on the street and in Helix parking lot on Quince Street


Click and Learn

Our interactive gardens here on our website make it easy to learn about WaterSmart plants and how to arrange them to create your own beautiful landscape.

Click on Plants

Hover over a garden to see plant names and click on a plant to see a photo, how much sun and water it needs, its mature size, when it blooms and the flower color. Then click the “Close” button to return to the garden you’re exploring.

Make a Plant List

When you click on a plant to learn more, and like what you see, click the “Add to List” button. After you add the last plant to your list, click the “Download” button to save your list as a PDF and take it with you to the nursery.

Use Our Plant Lists

We made two lists of all the plants in the demonstration landscape. The first list separates the plants into categories to help you understand where they might fit into your landscaping plans. We also listed all the plants by number to help you interpret each of our garden plans.

Plant List by Plant Type

Plant List by Plant Numbers

Download Garden Plans

Click on the links below to download a PDF of each garden plan. Our plans help you visualize how to arrange a garden based on plant height (short plants in front, tall plants in back) and on the amount of space the plants need when fully grown.

Keyboard-Only Users

Please use the following keystrokes to navigate our interactive garden plans.

  • Skip to Content moves you into the garden plan on the page
  • Tab/Shift-Tab moves you around the garden and page
  • O key opens a plant’s information
  • Down arrow scrolls plant information
  • Tab selects Add to List button
  • Enter adds plant to your plant list
  • Esc key closes a plant’s information
  • Shift-D downloads your plant list

On University Avenue

Our Mediterranean garden is full of flowers, soft colors and fragrant plants from the world’s Mediterranean climate zones — like rosemary, catmint and flax lily.

Explore Our Mediterranean Garden 

Download Our Mediterranean Garden Plan

On Lee Avenue

Our desert landscape is full of vibrant and airy plants typically found in the desert – like ocotillo, barrel cactus and Palo Verde trees

Explore Our Desert Garden

Download Our Desert Garden Plan

Agave Blue Elf plant

On Quince Street

Our California native garden is filled with plants that grow naturally in California, and are drought tolerant and wildlife friendly, like monkey flower, bush sunflower and the strawberry madrone tree.

Explore Our California Native Garden

Download Our California Native Garden Plan

More Resources

Landscape Design

Explore landscape design principles and ideas, and listen to stories from homeowners who made the switch to a WaterSmart landscape.

Dive Into Design

The Garden

The Water Conservation Garden in Rancho San Diego offers over five acres of beautiful, watersmart gardens.

Visit the Garden


We offer rebates on sprinkler heads,  controllers that automically adjust watering times based on the weather, and much more.

Check Our Rebates


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