Laurel Startzel

Laurel Startzel

Laurel Startzel is an interior designer and garden container designer. She lives in Tucson, Arizona.

  • ‘Red Butterflies’ tropical milkweed
    Southwest Regional Reports

    Two Hot-Colored Milkweeds for the Southwest

    Monarch butterflies are becoming more and more scarce, and it’s up to humans to help them. In the past 30 years, the number of monarchs has decreased by 90%, as…

  • How-To

    Protect Your Arms from Garden Injuries with Kevlar Sleeves

    Dealing with cuts and scratches in the garden was a daily occurrence that I accepted decades ago. It comes with the territory, right? Well, not since I discovered these amazing…

  • Tweezers for Delicate Work in the Garden

    Tweezers for Delicate Work in the Garden

    Planting and pruning small, fragile items can be difficult. I cannot count the times I’ve cleared all the foliage from a string of pearls (Senecio rowleyanus, Zones 9–12) just by…

  • plant combos for the southwest
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    Unbeatable Plant Combinations for the Southwest

    Although I have no problem creating single-plant containers or placing plants individually in garden beds, sometimes I come across a grouping of plants that just works so well together that…

  • Star jasmine
    Southwest Regional Reports

    Shade-Tolerant Perennials for the Southwest

    In the desert landscape, sometimes it can feel like everything is being constantly drenched in sunlight. That being said, most of us still have some shaded areas in our gardens…

  • Golden barrel cacti in a group
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    Drought-Tolerant Ground Covers for the Southwest

    I think it is fair to say that when most of us think of ground covers, we imagine low, mounding, and spreading plants. Although that image is accurate, it isn't…

  • Blonde Ambition blue grama grass
    Southwest Regional Reports

    Heat-Tolerant Grasses for the Southwest

    Living in the desert can be a blessing and a burden when it comes to growing grasses. We all know that lawn grasses, or turf, don’t belong in the desert.…

  • ocotillo in bloom
    Southwest Regional Reports

    Ocotillo Is a Native Shrub You Need to Grow

    Ocotillo (Fouquieria splendens, Zones 7–11) is an unusually beautiful desert gem. This succulent shrub, often misidentified as a cactus, is impossible to miss when you are traveling through the desert.…