I saw this plant near a gym and would like to know the name. Thanks)9
mahonia soft caress
Ooooh! Never seen that before. It's lovely.
More at https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/327167/i-Mahonia-eurybracteata-i-subsp-i-ganpinensis-i-Soft-Caress/Details
From what I've heard this spine-free species is preferred to the spiny common Mahonia species. However, it's not as vigorous.
I bought one two years ago, planted it outside and it's still the same size and showing no inclination to flower.
I think you're right Philippa. Don't think they do so well in colder, more exposed areas.