A Rare Plant Specialty Nurseryin Port Townsend Washington
Sue Milliken & Kelly Dodson, proprietors
What's New at The Farm - June 29 - We have been doing our fair share of watering here of late and really appreciated the cloudy day yesterday which gave us a bit of a break. We do a lot of hand watering and this lets us keep an eye on what is happening with the plants. One of the best...... Read more....
The Skinny on Far Reaches Farm
Welcome to our online store and hope you
find many of the rare plants offered as fun as we do. We’ve been collecting, growing and learning
about plants all our lives and the excitement has simply grown with time and we
look forward to sharing our phytomaniacal obsession with you. There are worse things to be afflicted with
than gardening. Take a moment and read some of the categories to your left on this page like "About Our Plants" for example so you know what to expect.
We have many more plants available here at the nursery that are not listed on our online store. Many are too large or don't ship easily or are in small quantities or we just haven't managed to get them up on the website. If we just didn't need to sleep, we could get more done. The nursery is open Thurs-Sat 10-4 but will have occasional extended hours and we might take the odd weekend off from retail to catch up on work here so check our open days on the right hand side of this page just to confirm if you are planning a visit.
We propagate and grow most of our plants
ourselves which allows us to grow many more impractical species than we should. Many times people shy away from a rare plant thinking it is hard to grow, but more often, it is difficulty of propagation or simply not fitting into a standard nursery routine that makes a plant rare in commerce. Of course, not all of our plants are uncommon - that would be leaving out way too many good ones such as some of our favorite herbaceous genera like Trillium, Meconopsis, Podophyllum, Paeonia, Paris, Heloniopsis, Crocosmia and then the woody genera like Sorbus, Styrax, Magnolia, Decaisnea, Hydrangea and the like.
We will be adding new plants frequently so do check back.
We continue to enjoy the response from our customers - thank you! Here are a few of the comments we have received:
order(s) today. My plants arrived beautifully packed,
healthy, and surprisingly large. Thank you Far Reaches Farm!” – B.
H. North Carolina
“I received my plants this morning and what fine ones they
Thank you, too, for the bonus
Iris. I will certainly sing your praises among the plant groups I
belong to and, rest assured, I will be ordering from you again.” – RH – Colorado
Thank you, thank
you for your beautifully wrapped plants that made their way to Montana bursting with
vibrance and energy!” – LS – Montana
“This is my second order
with you. Your plants in my first order were large, healthy and very well
packed. I greatly appreciate doing business with you, and look forward to
more in the future. I understand you recently started offering plants
online mail order, it is great to have you as a resource for these beautiful
and rare plants. Keep up the great work, and know that you have a very
pleased and happy customer.” AO -
“I received my plant order yesterday. I just want to say I
am so excited by the wonderful condition of the plants and the excellent
shipping conditions you provided! You did a wonderful job of
packing. The plants are in beautiful condition and are so healthy.
I also want to thank you for the bonus plant! I didn’t expect that so it was a
wonderful surprise. I will certainly recommend your mail order
KD -- Washington
“you have sent me the finest mail-order plant material I
have ever received. Am spreading the word among all the Connecticut gardeners I know.”
RK - Connecticut
Large Band Pot This blooms like there is no tomorrow smothering itself in a dense sheet of purple. A very short and compact plant to perhaps 18" tall and broader. Good dark green foliage should be the perfect foil for the flowers except it is totally obscured by bloom but we're not complaining! Good garden workhorse.
Large Band Pot One of the many plants of which we are inordinately fond of and the buying public is not. Grassy foliage and strong stems bearing many showy white flowers. Superb in the border or the wild meadow. Native to grassy meadows in Europe. Tolerant of late summer dry.
Large Band Pot A most unlikely looking Geranium with a myriad of small starbursts of narrow petaled pink double flowers. This novelty transcends the sensationalism of simply being a totally different flower by having the constitution of a garden workhorse combined with the sensibilities and insight of a liberal arts degree. A long period of bloom often well into Fall.
4" Pot A rare and choice little gem that is seldom ever available which is kinda baffling since it is the most popular Geranium in Lilliput. This is a tough plant with big points on the cuteness scale. Perfect pink flowers highlight this charmer. Small enough for a trough, good for the rock garden or tucked in a crevice.
Large Band Pot An Idaho native loving a moist place. Thos is a spreader so give it room or contain it. Showy stems of lots of small pure white flowers to 4' high. This sent me into paroxysms of delight when it first bloomed. It just had so much muchness. In the Saxifrage family. Best in sun to half sun.
Large Band Pot Introduced by Iseli Nursery, this very dwarf Mugo grows less than an inch per year and bears no resemblance to the ubiquitous Mugo Pine of strip mall landscapes and parking strips. This is a gem of a bun and worthy of a special place in a large trough or rock garden where it can develop its irregular character.
Large Band Pot or Bare Root Will ship in October when dormant Second generation plants from Steve Hootman's collection from NE Yunnan China and the first time recorded in that province. Ernest 'Chinese' Wilson collected this much earlier in 1903 in Sichuan and 'Chinese' Hootman's collection is a key reintroduction of this exceptional species. Steve is the Director and Curator at the Rhododendron Species Botanic Garden and one of the most significant plant hunters of the modern era and we've been privileged to explore new areas in Asia with him on three occasions. Steve says he collected seed of this at 7500' on steep virtually inaccessible cliffs with a river rushing far below. If you are going to fall from a cliff, its good to have a river below so you have a least some chance. These are things we have learned. These are truly statuesque lilies - ours were pushing 10' this last year in the shade garden and the ones in full sun were shorter but no less magnificent - with scented big white trumpets colored on the exterior in broad puce stripes. Puce? That's never gonna sell. Like a white linen tablecloth gently stained in a soft but errant Oregon Pinot Noir. Nice flowering sized bulbs that are a year or two from their ultimate size. As an example of the size these will become, some of the mature bulbs fully grown would be impossible to squeeze into a one gallon round pot for example as they do become hefty!
4" Pot An indispensable Port Townsend plant. This rugged South African is sun, wind and drought tolerant and absolutely hardy here. One of the most admired plants in our border for its profuse display of large yellow to orange daisies on low stems. Good drainage.