Mahonia eurybracteata subsp.ganpinensis 'Soft Caress' (PBR)

RHS Chelsea Flower Show Plant of the Year 2013

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  • Position: full sun to full shade
  • Soil: moderately fertile, humus-rich, moist, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: August to October
  • Flower colour: bright yellow
  • Other features: the flowers are followed by spherical, blue berries
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    Recently released onto the market, and winner of "Plant of the Year" at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2013, this is the first Mahonia of its kind to have spine-free leaves, which means that they can be planted near to paths or doorways where you may brush past them. 'Soft Caress' is a compact, evergreen shrub, so it is ideal for larger pots, where it will provide year-round interest. Alternatively, it will make a fine addition to either a sunny or partially shaded border.

  • Garden care: Every second year after flowering prune specimens grown as groundcover to just above ground level to encourage bushy growth and apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted garden compost or manure around the base of the plant.

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CrocusMahonia eurybracteata subsp.ganpinensis 'Soft Caress'
 
4.8

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  • Healthy (5)
  • Accurate instructions (3)
  • Hardy (3)

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4.0

very attractive

By Scottish hardy gardener

from Aberdeenshire

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Accurate Instructions
  • Attractive
  • Hardy
  • Healthy

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Garden

    Comments about Mahonia eurybracteata subsp.ganpinensis 'Soft Caress':

    This plant will take time to fully establish but is very attractive and doesn't attack me every time I need to tackle plants that are near it!

    • Your Gardening Experience:
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    5.0

    Lovely plant

    By Chris

    from Buckinghamshire

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    Pros

    • Accurate Instructions
    • Attractive
    • Healthy
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Garden
      • Patio

      Comments about Mahonia eurybracteata subsp.ganpinensis 'Soft Caress':

      Have 2 of these and both have grown a lot - one in a large pot and the other in a small bed. Adds architectural interest to both areas - several positive comments by visitors. Subtle flowering, but bought them for the leaves so a bonus.

      • Your Gardening Experience:
      • Keen but clueless
       
      5.0

      Lovely shrub!

      By anniebago

      from N.E.Derbyshire

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attractive
      • Healthy

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Garden
        • Patio

        Comments about Mahonia eurybracteata subsp.ganpinensis 'Soft Caress':

        This is a lovely shrub to have in a border, It arrived looking healthy and has stayed that way since I planted it in the garden. 'Soft Caress' is a lovely shape and doesn't get too big, the leaves are attractive and so is the way they grow around the stem. I am not keen on Mahonia but this is a lovely specimen.

        • Your Gardening Experience:
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        5.0

        Best Mahonia to buy in my opinion.

        By Titch

        from West Midlands

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        Pros

        • Accurate Instructions
        • Attractive
        • Fragrant
        • Hardy
        • Have
        • Healthy
        • Lightweight
        • Versatile

        Cons

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          • Garden
          • Outdoors

          Comments about Mahonia eurybracteata subsp.ganpinensis 'Soft Caress':

          Have never liked Mahonia, possibly because of the leaves. They are dull and very prickly. Never thought I would've buy one, but would recommend o

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Lovely plant

          By Knitwit10

          from Gloucester uk

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          • Attractive
          • Hardy
          • Healthy

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            • Garden
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            Comments about Crocus Mahonia eurybracteata subsp.ganpinensis 'Soft Caress':

            Survived living in a large pot for a year during a house move and recovered beautifully when planted in our new garden. Looks good in shade with different ferns. Occasionally can look a bit threadbare

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            • Q:

              I planted this 3 years ago, it's growing well but has not flowered yet.Why?
              Asked on 20/4/2016 by Honey from Surrey

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              • Plant Doctor

                A:

                Hello,

                There are a number of reasons why this might happen, but the most likely causes are either not enough sun, or a lack of nutrients. Therefore, cat back any overhanging branches if you can and make sure it is kept well watered and fed with a general purpose fertiliser.

                Answered on 25/4/2016 by Helen from crocus
            • Q:

              I have one of these planted at the back of the border and it's been in situ for two years but in this time it has never flowered. What can I do to encourage flowering? Thanks
              Asked on 26/3/2016 by QueenDee from Leicestershire

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              • Plant Doctor

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                Hello,

                While these are tolerant of shade, they will flower best in some sun, so perhaps it needs to be moved. If however it is getting a good amount of sun, then you could give it a feed of sulphate of potash to give it a bit of a push.

                Answered on 29/3/2016 by Helen from crocus
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