Some of my current favorites are the beautifully patterned vrieseas. There is something about the subtle colors and symmetry of these beauties that really appeals to me.
The current top of my favorites list is this gorgeous David Shiigi hybrid Vriesea 'Ku'ulei' x (Fost. Select x 'Hilo Rainbow')
The subtly colored Vriesea 'Ehiku'
Vriesea 'Kiwi Sunset'
And there are hordes of Neoregelias with fabulous patterning
Neoregelia 'Blushing Tiger'
Love the strong cream/green and burgundy contrasts of this easy to care for Stromanthe sanguinea 'Triostar'
I first saw this beautiful Cordyline terminalis 'Chocolate Queen' at the New York Botanical Gardens about five years ago and decided that I absolutely had to have one. I still love the color and patterns of this gorgeous plant as much as I did when I first bought it years ago.
And the patterns in this Calathea makoyana are outstanding. They love spending their summers in a shady spot in the garden.
What's not to love?
Calathea 'Helen Kennedy' The best growing and most robust of my calatheas... love it
Love the splash variegation and picotee edges of Acalypha 'Tahiti'
And the oldie but goodie Canna 'Pretoria' I adore the strong striping on this variety
A newly emerged leaf from Alocasia 'Portodora' the markings remind me of a water running down a channel... wonderful!
And of course I have to mention those eye candy caladiums.... 'White Queen'
Caladium 'Gingerland' Oooo la la, those spots!
Caladium 'Florida Sweetheart'
And then of course there are the crazy spotted and colored begonias, and hmmmm.... I didn't even mention coleus and I haven't touched perennials yet.. I think this is going to have to be a two or three part series...