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

RHS Chelsea Flower Show Plant of the Year 2013

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2 litre pot £34.99
available to order from late autumn
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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

    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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Great addition to my garden


Liked this mahonia for the leaves. Looks great and doesn't have the sharp leaves of other varieties. I did move it as although says suitable for shaded areas seems to do better in a position with more light. Growing nice and healthy with a pleasant shape.




Bought for early pollinators


Planted in the garden and it is growing.


North Wales


I would buy this again


Wanted a small evergreen shrub with flowers and perfume this fitted the bill. Flowering was just coming to an end but was really healthy a little expensive for the size but is growing beautifully and can't wait for it to flower this year. And with this winter's weather couldn't be happier with it.




Bought two of these shrubs,very pleased.


Planted in mixed shrubbery




very attractive


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



Lovely plant


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.




Lovely shrub!


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.




Best Mahonia to buy in my opinion.


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


West Midlands


Lovely plant


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


Gloucester uk



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I planted my mahonia soft caress into a pot last summer, it has not grown at all (about 6" when bought) and the leaves are going brown, the stems are healthy and a bud is forming. Could this be wind damage? The pot stands on patio in full sun, thank you.


Yes the plant could be suffering from wind damage which could lead to dehydration, especially if the plant is in full sun. You may wish to move the plant to a partially shaded part of the garden to see if it recovers.


I am thinking about two of these in pots at my front door which faces north west. How big would you advise the pots should be? If not Mahonia, what other plants would be successful? Thanks


Hello, It depends on whether or not you are happy to pot them up as they grow, but ideally they should eventually be housed in something around 60cm in diameter.


Hello, I purchased a couple of these beauties last year, planted one in the ground and one in a pot, the one I put in the ground the leaves have started turning yellow but the one in the pot is still lovely and green, do I need to dig the ground one up? It is in an east facing position, planted with same compost as the potted one and it has good drainage so I'm stumped, have tried to find info on web but not much seems to be known about it, don't want to lose it so can you please help? Thank you much.


Hello, It is difficult to say what is causing this yellowing from your description, but the most likely causes would be soil problems (even if you have added in some potting compost when planting, the soil will always dominate), planting at the wrong depth or too much or too little water.

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