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

RHS Chelsea Flower Show Plant of the Year 2013

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Buy Mahonia eurybracteata subsp.ganpinensis 'Soft Caress' (PBR) RHS Chelsea Flower Show Plant of the Year 2013: RHS Chelsea Flower Show Plant of the Year 2013

  • Position: full sun to full shade
  • Soil: moderately fertile, humus-rich, moist, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: August to October
  • 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 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 (provided there is sufficient moisture) or shady 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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very attractive

4

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!

Scottish hardy gardener

Aberdeenshire

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Lovely plant

5

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.

Chris

Buckinghamshire

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Lovely shrub!

5

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.

anniebago

N.E.Derbyshire

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Best Mahonia to buy in my opinion.

5

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

Titch

West Midlands

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Lovely plant

5

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

Knitwit10

Gloucester uk

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Mahonia'Soft Caress'

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I planted this 3 years ago, it's growing well but has not flowered yet.Why?

Honey

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.

Helen

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

QueenDee

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.

Helen

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