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Regional Picks: Plant Wish List – Southern California

Fine Gardening – Issue 172

Southern California


1. Yesterday-Today-And-Tomorrow


Name: Brunfelsia magnifica

Usda Hardiness Zones: 9 to 11

Size: 6 to 10 feet tall and 3 to 5 feet wide

Conditions: Full to dappled shade; rich, well-drained soil

Yesterday-Today-and-Tomorrow is native to Brazil and came to North America when a plantsman decided to bring a few seeds or cuttings back with him. The first plant I laid eyes on was in the deepest shade at the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens. And yes, I did ask permission to seek cuttings. It’s a tad untidy in its growth, but please resist the temptation to prune. In spring, every branch will display rich, fragrant purple flowers that fade to a soft purplish white. On and off through the growing season, it will delight you with a few flowers here and there, and sports rich green foliage that yellows a little in the winter months. This plant likes a frost-free position with a…

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