Yesterday Today and Tomorrow

Brunfelsia grandiflora

The romantic name of yesterday today and tomorrow comes from the flowers that open purple, fade to lavender and then white - with all colors present at the same time on this beautiful shrub.

Flowers of yesterday today and tomorrow

One of the most unusual plants with purple flowers, yesterday today and tomorrow should be used more in South Florida landscaping...not just for its abundant multicolored flowers in rare blue tones, but also because it will bloom even in a partly shaded location.

The deep violet, soft lavender and bright white blossoms appear on and off all year, more during warmer weather.

Brunsfelsia contains toxins that, if ingested, affect humans, and, according to the ASPCA, is toxic to dogs, cats and horses. Keep this in mind when choosing a planting location.

Plant specs

This shrub grows at a moderate pace and you can keep it about 4 to 6 feet tall once it's mature.

It will grow in full sun but seems to prefer part sun to part shade.

The plant does best in Zone 10 but is moderately cold-hardy, so planting in areas of Zone 9B that border 10A should work.

In Zone 9B you might use it as a container plant to bring inside during colder weather.

Yesterday today and tomorrow is evergreen but may sustain winter damage, usually coming back in spring.

For cooler South Florida areas, plant under a tree canopy or another spot that protects the shrub from frost.

Moderately salt-tolerant, these plants are great for coastal gardens.

Large shrub in full bloom

Plant care

Add a combination of composted cow manure and top soil (or organic peat moss) to the hole when you plant.

Trim lightly if needed after a bloom cycle.

You can do a slightly harder pruning in spring for size (best after the plant has completed its first spring flowering).

Water on a regular basis. This shrub needs a regular drink to thrive.

Fertilize 3 times a year - in spring, summer, and autumn - with a good granular fertilizer. You can also supplement feedings with bloom boosters such as bone meal and/or liquid fertilizer.

Plant spacing

Place these shrubs 3 feet apart. Come out from the house 3 feet.

Along a walk or drive, come in 3 or 4 feet to allow room for growth.

This plant will work very well in a large container.

Landscape uses for yesterday today and tomorrow

  • accent in a mixed garden bed
  • single yard specimen
  • grouped around tall palm trees
  • large foundation shrub
  • along a fence
  • lining a walkway or drive
  • backdrop for smaller plants
  • around the edge of a deck or patio
  • shrub for the corner of the house
  • along a blank wall
  • hedge

A.K.A. (also known as): Kiss Me Quick, Morning Noon and Night


COMPANION PLANT SUGGESTIONS: Variegated arboricola, crape jasmine, dwarf powderpuff, star jasmine, azalea, tiger grass and heliconia.

Other plants you might like: Tibouchina, Ruella ("Mexican Petunia")

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