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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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Packera obovata (syn. Senecio obovatus)
Packera obovata (syn. Senecio obovatus)
Price: $12.00

Medium Band Pot
A denizen of moist woods from the Midwest east to Connecticut. This has nice yellow daisy flowers on 12"-15" stems above a creeping mat of nicely crinkled foliage. Easy and sweet eastern wildflower for the woodsy garden.
Rosa sericea ssp.omeiensis f pteracantha
Rosa sericea ssp.omeiensis f pteracantha
Price: $20.00

Large Band Pot
Species from China valued for its incredible thorns. Normally thorns are not such a good deal but the new thorns on this rose are broadly winged and bright red and absolutely glow liked stained glass with the sun shining through them. Same effect as going to church. Single white flowers.
Persicaria tenuicaulis
Persicaria tenuicaulis
Price: $12.00

4" Pot
A refined Persicaria from Japan which although small in stature and demure in nature, continues each year to elevate itself in our estimation. A garden needs some artful subtlety and this quiet little stalwart bring just quality. Low gray green leaves on reddish stems with white flowers in early spring simply charms.
Chrysanthemum 'Dixter Orange'
Chrysanthemum 'Dixter Orange'
Price: $12.00

4" Pot
Thanks to Jim Fox for bringing this to us from Great Dixter. A selection of Christopher Lloyd's with an expected mass of autumnal orange poms. A clipping or pinching in late June/early July will create a lower bushier plant likely obscured by the blanket of flowers.
Trachystemon orientalis
Trachystemon orientalis
Price: $12.00

Large Band Pot
Turkish/Bulgarian/Georgian member of the Borage family with panicles of blue flowers from unfurling fiddlehead clusters of buds just as the leaves emerge in early spring. The leaves are pretty big and form a dense cover. This is a very tough plant tolerating short term serious dry abuse although best in good soil with adequate moisture. We tolerate short term periods of being dry ourselves and personally find it abusive so while the Trachystemon can take some dry, it is much happier if it doesn't have to. Great at shading out weeds. Probably deer resistant as they have never munched it here but we try hard not to have them munch at all.
Veronica 'Tidal Pool' PPAF
Price: $12.00

4" Pot
A durable and satisfying groundcover hybridized by Jim Ault at Chicago Botanic Garden using V. armena and V. pectinata 'Rosea' as parents. What he got was a plant that makes an evergreen mat 2" high by 3' across in just 3-4 years with rich violet blue flowers accented by a white center. Odd name coming from Chicago.
Crocosmia 'Castle Ward Late'
Crocosmia 'Castle Ward Late'
Price: $15.00

Large Band Pot
One of the truly elegant cultivars and one that will be the toast of the garden. This is one of 5 surviving C. xcrocosmoides bred by Max Leichtlin of Baden-Baden Germany before 1895 that is still in cultivation. A true heirloom cultivar. Tall stems with fingers of flowers held out like a ladies hand extended to be kissed. Refined orange tepals nicely spaced reflects its obvious confident sense of self and of place which speaks to its heritage of Teutonic thoroughness and simmering superiority.
Roscoea tibetica
Roscoea tibetica
Price: $15.00

Large Band Pot
A cute little cousin to the hardy Gingers, this Zingiberaceae member has tuberous roots from which low wide short strap leaves appear and in the center are nested small pink orchid-like flowers. This one has its origin in a Roy Lancaster collection in China.