Beautiful. Beneficial.

Changing the conversation in home garden design

favor native garden design

We create Earth-friendly, low-maintenance garden designs with a focus on native and beneficial plants. We love to work with clients who want to add beauty and bring nature to their space but may not know where to begin.

We guarantee 100% avoidance of invasive species, which harm our natural environment yet are still widely sold in many plant nurseries and stores.

Our designs will bring bees, birds, and butterflies back into your yard, with a long season of bloom and textural interest.

Let’s make your yard part of the growing movement to bring nature back to where WE are.


Our Services

We provide different options to suit your needs and budget: hourly coaching sessions or a tailored design for your property.

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What makes us unique?

We focus on plants native to the Midwest; over time these special plants will require less watering and little maintenance, all while positively contributing to the unique ecology of your area. We also work to integrate your favorite plants with their new native companions.

Why (mostly) native? »

Seasonal Dispatches Blog

What’s catching our eye this season? What’s bringing us joy? Here’s a great spot to get to know us before committing.

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Our Business

Quite simply, Favor Native was born when our owner and lead designer ran out of space in her own yard, but couldn’t stop dreaming about new gardens.


I want us all to see nature outside our window, not something you have to get in a car and drive to see; not something you have to pay admission to enter.

— Laura Essex, Lead Designer, Owner

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Beautiful, beneficial designs.

From the green thumbs to the totally clueless, our designs make customers, and nature, happy.

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