The Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow is the common name for an ornamental shrub with the Latin name of Brusfelsia pauciflora. It will thrive in a warm sunny climate where it will survive only light frost.
It is a handsome bush with glossy leaves that grows to about three feet tall. New growth can be long and slender and can look almost vine-like. It likes a rich soil, but is tolerant of a wide range soils. The Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow plant blooms best in part shade to full sun with regular water and good drainage. In hot sun areas it will appreciate a little shade.
The plant gets its name from its changing flower colors that were deep purple ‘yesterday’, lavender ‘today’ and finish white ‘tomorrow’. One to two inch, open-faced flowers can smother this evergreen shrub during its long blooming period with three different colored blooms all at once.
The Yesterday Today and Tomorrow bush is not difficult to grow in a mild climate and blends in well with other plants. Use it in a cool-colored garden with blues, purples, pinks and whites, or design it into the landscape to contrast with bright colors. It also blends comfortably with pastel shades. Because the Brusfelsia will naturally grow with a slightly rangy habit, it looks best trimmed lightly. For a more formal appearance, it will accept harsher, formal shearing, but you are likely to remove the best attributes of the plant – those multiple colored flowers – if you insist on cutting it back too heavily. There are plainer shrubs that would probably be a better choice for severe shaping. Instead, use the Brunsfelsia pauciflora where it can show off its unique beauty in a natural-looking border, as a backdrop for other flowers, or as a stand-alone focal point. The Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow plant is also a fine choice to grow as a specimen shrub in a pot.
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