A Rare Plant Specialty Nurseryin Port Townsend Washington
Sue Milliken & Kelly Dodson, proprietors
What's New at The Farm - Please note we will be closed July 3 and 4 but will be open on Thursday July 2 from 10-4.
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 You don't have to sell your soul to have this in your garden but once you see it, you would be more than willing. New selection from the UK that has to be Lucifer's love child. This is so much better than that old devil. Stout dark sooty stems holding deep burning red flowers with a wide flared corolla that lacks only the smell of brimstone and the wail of sinners. We do get involuntary high-pitched keening from people who see our big display plant so maybe we're just missing the brimstone. Quite difficult to come by, these are single large corms we would typically put into a gallon pot for sale here at the nursery.
Large Band Pot These are plants grown from our seed collection up 8 Dollar road in the Siskiyous Mountains in southern Oregon. This was growing on a shaded bench above a small stream with Darmera peltata below it in the stream edge and Lilium pardalinum ssp. vollmeri sprinkled about. This adds a tropical punch to the temperate garden getting large compound leaves on a big plant 6'-8' tall. Nice white powder puffs of flowers followed by black fruit in late summer. This is a herbaceous perennial so the whole impressive array disappears for the winter. You'll hear us mention this again but mulching for winter protection in cold areas is a good thing.
4" Pot This is one sweet Pea. Native to the Caucasus Mts, this takes a backseat to its more floriferous and showy cousins for it has simple pairs of pink flowers borne with restraint that nestle comfortably among the rounded leaflets. Don't be misled by the backseat as it is the backseat of a Bentley. Perfection of leaf and flower in exquisite refinement that demands you take a moment to admire. It has prime space in our sunny border despite the petitions from more flamboyant plants blooming in containers back in the relative obscurity of the stock greenhouse.
Large Band Pot Cuttings from our friend and Salvia maven Maryann Byrhes who gardens near Bremerton where she has overwintered it outside for many years in her admittedly mild garden. To 4' tall and nearly as wide with 12"-18" dark indigo blue wands of rock 'em sock 'em flowers in the latter half of summer. Yowlza!
Large Band Pot German selection of Josef Pye Weed as it is known there. Big heads of pink-purple flowers in mid to late summer atop stems that can reach 8' or even more. Perfect with the dark-toned foliage. Thinking about doing a rain gardens? This is the the Rain Gartenmeister as it loves a rich moist to wet soil. You will make a lot of bees and butterflies happy with this one. When shipped in the fall, we'll need to cut this plant back.
4" Pot Redwood Ivy. This is a premier groundcover which is nothing like ivy. You will never find this choice species on a noxious weed list. Evergreen leaves forming a slow carpet with delicate white "inside-out" flowers suspended above like celestial motes of light. Drought tolerant!
4" Pot Asiatic Hybrid with Gentiana sino-ornata in its past, this is a very fine introduction by Truls and Emma at Wild Ginger Farm. Large white flowers with a few green flecks in the throat are improbable contrast to the dense green fine needle-like foliage in August and September. Rich moist soil in mostly sun. Zone 5.
Large Band Pot Thought to be the oldest cultivated rose and found now growing around churches and holy sites in Ethiopia where it is believed Christians introduced it in 4th century AD. There are depictions of this in the ruins of Minoan architecture. Talk about a track record! We got ours from the sadly late Sue Buckles of Seattle and love it. Tough and disease resistant with sizeable pale pink single flowers. We have this out on our border at the base of a Prunus mume and it has scrambled up into it perfectly and has filled in around the base all without us doing anything. This a smaller shrub rose that will ramble a bit if it has something to lean on.