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Welcome to Far Reaches Farm

A Rare Plant Specialty Nursery in 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.

You can start shopping now using the categories on the left, or read our Ordering Instructions first.

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:

Got my 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 were! 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 - Florida

“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 services.” 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

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Fuchsia 'Hawkshead'
Fuchsia 'Hawkshead'
Price: $12.00

Large Band Pot
This hardy bush Fuchsia is quite a pleasing addition to the garden where it performs admirably in a sunny spot with lots of narrow hanging white flowers which are touched in faintest green on the tepal tips. Recent winters have put a whupping on reliably hardy plants so if it is going to turn nasty, mulch the base and trunk well. Easy and gratifying.
Vaccinium vitis-idaea 'Koralle'
Vaccinium vitis-idaea 'Koralle'
Price: $10.00

4" Pot No shipping to the State of: OR
Lingonberry. This is a good selection of a very ornamental edible which yields the Lingonberries so prized in Europe. 'Koralle' is a compact heavy fruiter from Germany which runs less and bears heavy crops of rich red berries twice a year which are good anti-oxidants, Moist rich soil is good.
Colchicum speciosum 'Album'
Colchicum speciosum 'Album'
Price: $12.00

Large Band Pot
Regarded as one of the finest of all Autumn flowering bulbs, this is just simply a masterpiece. It is way beyond Intelligent Design - it is Inspired Desgn. Big white goblets of flowers against the damp dark earth in October - it's awesome, baby! Bold leaves emerge in spring and die away in early summer.
Aloe aristata
Aloe aristata
Price: $10.00

Medium Band Pot
Cute little hardy Aloe we got from our friend Jeff Erickson. This makes a tight clump of rosettes and has a 8"-12" stem of soft orange tubular flowers in summer. This is hardy in milder gardens here especially grown in a sunny bed under the eves where it gets winter rain protection and benefits from some heat from the house.
Arctostaphylos densiflora 'Howard McMinn
Arctostaphylos densiflora 'Howard McMinn'
Price: $20.00

Gallon Pot
Extremely handsome big evergreen shrub to 10'x10' or more with classic mahogany bark peeling to reveal that much loved Hi-Gloss finish on the trunk and branches. Pink buds in spring open to white urn-shaped flowers followed by clusters of russet not messy-at-all fruit which has some avian appeal. . Leaves are held perpendicular to the sun to conserve water which is an adaptation to summer heat and low or no rainfall. So no mollycoddling whatsoever with this one. Well-drained soil of low fertility and don't water once established and much as we love mulching with manure, don't on this one or any other shrubby Arctostaphylos. There really are plants whose main requirement is that you do nothing except admire.
Pyrrosia sheareri
Pyrrosia sheareri
Price: $30.00

Large Band Pot
Collected in Taiwan by gifted plantsman Steve Doonan, this amazing Fern is hardy to at least single digits. This is a locally famous fern frustratingly slow to propagate and always red-lining the Plant Lust meter. We're happy to have some to share. Hard to imagine this is a fern with these big leathery evergreen leaves up to 18" long and with that glorious underleaf when mature. Likes good drainage and not too wet but gently moist. The Pyrossias we've seen in Arunachal Pradesh and China love to grow in moss on top of rocks and really love a good stone wall. Easy in morning sun or light shade. Mulch in winter first year or two.
Phlox 'Sileniflora'
Phlox 'Sileniflora'
Price: $12.00

Medium Band Pot
A hybrid rock garden Phlox whose origin we have yet to suss out but we'll find out more than we expected at the NARGS Study Weekend March 2012 in Everett Washington because that's where the experts will be. Sue grew this in northern Vermont and it has been very happy here making exceptional dense dark green congested hummocks of foliage with small white flowers tinged in lavender.
Gillenia (syn. Porteranthus) trifoliata
Price: $12.00

4" Pot
>Bowman's Root. Great Southeastern wildflower with bronze peach new growth and trifoliate leaves richly textured with deeply impressed veins. The white flowers borne at the ends of the stems are narrow petaled and remind me of small birds in flight. Easy to please and choice.