I spent some time at Naples Botanical Gardens this afternoon and was really blown away by all the gorgeous sections of the garden. If you haven't been there, it is a must to see in Naples. I was inspired to blog about the bold, vibrant colors of Persian Shield. Persian Shield is beautiful, metallic green/purple foliage originating from Myanmar making it perfect for southwest Florida. Persian Shield planted in partial shade will pick up the light and reflect it back off its leaves. It makes a striking border plant, particularly when paired with soft gray greens or chartreuse.
Persian Shield grows well in a neutral range of soil pH and can handle anything from 5.5 to 7.5. It prefers moist soil and some shade during the hottest parts of the summer. The less water it gets, the more shade it will need. Be careful when water as cold water may spot the leaves. Since Persian Shield is grown for its foliage you can pinch back the leaves, to create a fuller plant. If left to grow on its own, it can get tall, leggy and floppy.
Have fun planting your own Persian Shield or let us know when we can plant it in your garden :).