Contributing editor Akiko Busch writes:
Any gardener can tell you that gardens are a place for improvisation; as soon as you know what you can plant, then you begin to consider what you want to plant. Once you've learned the rules, it's time to bend them.
The same goes for botanical art. While the precision of traditional 17th- and 18th-century botanical prints served the study of science and medicine, today's new generation of renderings is open to all manner of creative interpretation.
The foliage, vines, bulbs, and blossoms found weaving their way across walls, rugs, fabrics, and furniture seem to be nurtured by more inventive gardening standards, as though we have entered some exotic new climate zone. Pictured here: "Louis Chair" from George Smith Sofas & Chairs (212/226-4747)
Story produced by April Hardwick
Shaken out of their scientific orderliness, such botanical-themed renderings are found not simply on paper, but scattered across glass, ceramic, metal, and textiles as well. "Organic elements are pure and natural, and something we have a tendency to overlook in our everyday lives," says jewelry designer Jennifer Meyer.
Pictured here: "Palms dinner plate, $4.99, and tumblers, $5.99 each, by Zak Designs from Laprima Shops (866/983-7467)
"Tahitian Sunset Chair, $999, K&K Home Division (877/647-0111).
Stockholm-based product-and-interior designer Jon Eliason creates dinnerware and accessories that are meant to "heighten and prolong summer." His "Mangold" collection of dishware for Sagaform is a must-have for summer entertaining. When he's not designing ceramics and furniture for IKEA, Jon hosts Room Service, a popular home-makeover show in Sweden.
Jon Eliason's "Mangold" collection for Sagaform; for a retailer near you, contact Sagaform at 856/626-1340.
"My Lazy Garden" by product designer Alex Davis includes blossoms, orchids, creepers (jeepers) and lily ponds made of stainless steel. Each piece is handcrafted using laser-cutting techniques. He has worked with Italian great, Alessi and Magis but is now based in New Delhi, India, where he runs a design consultancy service and home accessories shop called Indi. "Large Ivy Tree," $3,770, available at Usona (215/496-0440).
Linen lumbar with fern embroidery in winter white and grass, $263; Linen with large banana leaf embroidery in winter white and canary, $323; available from Calypso Home (212/925-6200)
"Palm bowl, $70, and "Philodendron" bowl, $28; by Roost through Semplice (800/794-0855)
"Leaves" journal, $8; Mirage Paper Company (800/836-6669). "Fern" card, $5 each; Egg Press (503/234-4233). "Just Grassy Green" cards, $20 for 8; Good Indian Girls Do Design (208/841-7661); "Fern" notebook, $6 by Carrot & Stick Press, (www.carrotandstickpress.com ); "Sprigs" notecard in lavender and brown, $4.99 from www.elizabethgrace.com 
"Emerald Forest" colored-glass dessert plates, $7 each by Rolf's Cut Crystal (724/547-7500)
"Floral Cascade" rug in pink blossom, Tufenkian Carpets (800/475-4788), trade only.
"Jasper" silk cushion, $122 by Noodle Interiors (noodleonline.com )
Small yellow gold diamond leaf earrings, $5,500 by Jennifer Meyer from Kaviar and Kind (kaviarkind.com )
"Lady's Fan Back Chair" upholstered in chocolate "Scramble," $875; Pine Cone Hill Collection by Lee Industries (800/892-7150)
"Le Flora Danica" in green by Clarence House (800/803-2850)
Sofa covered in Adam Calkin's "Chateau" fabric in casement, available to trade from Carlton Varney (212/355-4525). For information on custom projects and additional work by Adam contact Lewis & Wood (+44 1453 860 080)
Smith and Hawkins new teak ottoman/side table from the Del Mar Modular collection, $299, covered in "Calder" in multi-cream by Jane Churchill, available to the trade from Cowtan & Tout (212/647-6900)
For the ultimate cool down on a hot summer's day, turn on Seiger Design Studio's super sleek "Under the Tree" outdoor shower designed for Conmoto, $2600, available from www.conmoto.com 
"Daisy" pruning shears, in William Morris print, $30 from the Victoria and Albert Musuem Shop (vandashop.com )