City of South El Monte Demonstration Garden 
   
 

The City of South El Monte transformed a large space of turf with pine trees into a low-impact, drought tolerant garden. The public garden located at Merced Avenue and Hayward Way, features smart and sustainable landscaping with low water-using irrigation in a harmonizing design and environment. The pine trees were pruned and the area was enhanced with the installation of a granite walkway with plants that soften the walking path, trees, low and high colorful shrubs, succulents, and large decorative rocks. 

The City’s demonstration garden was constructed and implemented to educate and motivate the community to retrofit their own landscapes in order to reduce water consumption and runoff; and to help meet SBX7-7 goals of reducing the State’s per capita water consumption by 20% by the year 2020. A grant from the Upper San Gabriel Valley District and the San Gabriel Valley Water Company made this endeavor possible.

                                   
                                  List of Plants Used in the City's Demonstration Garden  
 
          Botanical Name                   Common Name   
                               
          Acacia stenophylla                   Shoestring Acacia  
                                                                                                 
        Acanthus mollis                   Bear's Breeches   
                               
          Achillea 'Moonshine'                  Moonshine Yarrow   
                               
          Agave attenuata                   Agave attenuata   
                               
          Aloe striata                  Coral Aloe   
                               
        Callistemon viminalis
 'Little John'          
                Little John Bottlebrush   
                               
          Centranthus ruber                  Jupiter's Beard   
                               
          Ceonothus griseus 'Yankee Point "                  Yankee Point California Lilac   
                               
          Dodonea viscosa                  Hopseed Bush   
                               
          Dymondia margaretae                  Dymondia   
                               
          Hesperaloe parviflora                  Red Yucca   
                               
          Lantana x 'New Gold'                 Gold Lantana  
                               
          Lippia nodiflora 'Kurapia'                 Kurapia  
                               
          Parkinsonia 'Desert Museum'                 Desert Museum Palo Verde  
                               
          Salvia clevelandii                 Cleveland Sage 
 
                               
          Salvia leucantha 'Santa Barbara'                 Mexican Sage  
                               
          Sesleria autumnalis                 Autumn Moor Grass  
                               
          Tagetes lemmonii                  Copper Canyon Daisy   
                               
          Tulbaghia violacea                 Society Garlic   
                               
          Westringia fruticosa 'Morning Light'                  Morning Light Coast Rosemary