The Q&A Archives: Yesterday, Today and Tomorow

Question: I am taken by the name of the plant,

Answer: Brunfelsia pauciflora are (mostly) evergreen shrubs that grow in partial shade and need ample water. They lose their leaves for a short period of time if grown in mild winter regions such as southern California, but will need winter protection in the Seattle area. Brunfelsia pauciflora "Eximia' is a somewhat dwarfed, compact version of 'Floribunda', and is the more widely planted variety. The flowers are smaller, but more generously produced. Brunfelsia pauciflora 'Floribunda' (Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow) will reach 10' feet or more with multiple stems. It flowers profusely. The common name comes from the quick color change of blossoms from purple (yesterday),to lavender (today), to white (tomorrow). Brunfelsia 'Grandiflora' differs from the above in that it's the most tender, has a more slender growth habit, and larger leaves (up to 8" inches long). The flowers are 2-4 inches across, deep purple with a lavender zone bordering a white throat.

Brunfelsia is not frost hardy and will need to be protected in the winter in your garden. You can either plant it in a container so you can take it indoors during the winter months, or plan on covering the top of the plant and mulching around the roots whenever temperatures drop to freezing.

Now that you have your dream plant, you may need to spend some extra time protecting it, but it should reward your efforts with its delightful flowers. Enjoy!

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