Your Secret Garden Awaits

Even the smallest landscapes can accommodate a private space to escape.

The recipe for relaxation is simple – a cozy chair, a cold drink and soothing surroundings. 

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Try enlisting the fine, feathery foliage of ‘Soft Caress’ Mahonia. Few plants yield such a serene effect upon the landscape. 

Tranquility En Masse

When it comes to calm, soft and green is our mantra. A restful garden should be easy on the eye, with a limited color palette and minimal contrast. Fine-textured foliage like that of ‘Soft Caress’ Mahonia is visually gentle, light and airy, creating a feeling of quiet in the garden. A mass planting of ‘Soft Caress’ Mahonia is simple and undemanding. The repetition of plant material minimizes distraction and providing a sense of unity that encourages relaxation.

Simple Accents

Add interest to the garden without overpowering the peacefulness established by ‘Soft Caress’ Mahonia. Keep accents subdued by choosing foliage plants with medium-texture rather than coarse textures. Mojo® Pittosporum is a fine example, with variegated foliage that provides gentle contrast in color and texture to ‘Soft Caress’. Cool colors – blues, greens and purples – enhance the soothing design by adding to the sense of peace. ‘Twilight’ and ‘Tapestry’ Heucherellas are dark and sophisticated selections to highlight the garden.


‘Soft Caress’ Mahonia, paired with Mojo® Pittosporum‘Twilight’ Heucherella and ‘Tapestry’ Heucherella

Pots Full of Peace

Nowhere to dig? Transform your patio into a relaxing retreat using containers of ‘Soft Caress’ Mahonia. Cluster several containers against walls and fences to soften hardscape and surround your favorite café table or chair with a mass of planters. Include a few mixed containers to add color and textural variety.

Finishing Touches

Pleasing aromas enhance the sense of calm. The blooms of Mojo® Pittosporum smell like orange blossoms or there is always the heavenly aroma of ScentAmazing™ Gardenia. As the sun goes down, light some candles or a small fire for a warm, peaceful evening in the garden.