We all instinctively know what patterns are typically "masculine," whether it's plaid, striped, or … well, that might be it. But doesn't anyone want to challenge those narrow boundaries of gender propriety? Men are gardeners, landscape architects, naturalists and outdoorsmen of all kinds — it's hardly a stretch to bring images of verdant nature indoors. After all, there is nothing inherently feminine about leaves and flowers, is there? Here is a roundup of floral and botanical patterns for the green-thumbed guy.

• Organic Seedling duvet and shams from West Elm
Marimekko Putkinotko fabric (1957)
• Cowhide Floral Rug from The Rug Company
• Larch organic bedding in bark from Unisonhome.com
• Josef Frank Celotocaulis pillow from Just Scandinavian
Calvin Klein Cottonwood bedding
• Batik bedding by Thomas O'Brien for Target
• Melamine dinner plates by John Derian for Target
• City Scene Bamboo Smoke Bedding from Overstock.com
Etching Ink Duvet Set from DwellStudio

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