A Rare Plant Specialty Nurseryin Port Townsend Washington
Sue Milliken & Kelly Dodson, proprietors
What's New at The Farm - November 13 - Most of the time we like vying for Number One but last night we were among the coldest spots in Western Washington at 20F. We were completely clear without a cloud and calm with no wind to mix in some warmer air. Needless to say, this caught us by some surprise as we were geared for 26F so we will see how some of the unprotected plants fared. Always a learning experience. November 9 2014 - We are hustling about getting ready for the first real cold event of the year which is going to hit us Tuesday night with temps in the upper twenties. We'll be mulching, moving plants in, staging frost fabric and heaters, collecting seed and taking cuttings as well as digging up a few tender display plants from the gardens. We work pretty hard at protecting plants from winter and the positive side of that is we don't lose many plants. The negative side is 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 not open all the time so check our hours and open days.
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 A killer plant in our border we got from UBC wrongly ID'd as T. uchiyamae. It happens even to the best. We were showing Bleddyn and Sue Wynn-Jones from Crug Farm in Wales our planting of this in our border awhile back and we all were admiring the 8' purplish stems holding billowing clouds of lavender-pink-yellow flowers when we noticed Bleddyn wasn't sharing in the appreciation. Once he said that Thalictrum uchiyamae was a small plant a foot or so tall, we understood his confusion. It could not have been a more polar opposite! Always good to be humbled before such botanical heavyweights. ("No, wait! We really do know something about plants! Hey! Where are you going? Come back!" Just a little personal recurring nightmare of ours.) We all agreed with him that it was a fine example of Thalictrum rochebrunianum!
Large Band Pot Absolute rock hardy jewel from Lebanon and Syria. Well. it's rock hardy here anyway - we know that means something entirely different in Minot. This is perfect for our area as it is winter growing and summer dormant so our Mediterranean dry summers feels a lot like home to it. Surprisingly, it has been very tolerant of being watered all the time while dormant so it is more cosmopolitan than one might guess its geography. Blooms in late spring with lots of lavender-blue flowers on stems up to 18" and after flowering it disappears until Fall. Not often available and we have the inimitable John Flintoff to thank for sharing this with us.
Large Band Pot Our thanks to one of horticulture's good guys, Jim Fox for bringing us a plant of this lovely Aster from one of his trips to the UK. We'll have to go with him some time to learn how to balance plant shopping and carousing but now that we think on it, all of us regard plant shopping as carousing..........we can't be getting old - no, we're just wiser. After all, that Aster will still be there in the morning. This was named for Princess Sturdza's garden at Le Vasterival in France and that should be recommendation enough. Neither pink nor lavender but firmly positioned in that descriptive Bermuda Triangle of the in-between which allows it to mingle effortlessly with a broad palette of colors. A vigorous grower to 5' with deep royal plum colored stems and flowers for weeks in September. When shipped in the fall, we'll need to cut this plant back.
Large Band Pot Rosebud Salvia. One big Salvia that always surprises me how hardy it is. Our big clump came through 14F last winter shooting up lots of new shoots this spring but then Sue is a manic mulcher in the Fall. Large soft leaves and terminal flowers of a vivid cerise rose arising from a large "rosebud" in late summer on stems 4'-6' tall.
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.
4" Pot Dwarf creeping Willow from the frozen north. Trudging across the tundra, mile after mile. This is a little Salix Sue brought with her from her past life in northern Vermont with a Uhaul truck packed to the roof with plants and the little cabover part with her belongings. She's got her priorities right - plants first, stuff second! Absolutely prostrate (good, I remembered the 'r') and making a perfect pancake of thin twigs with tiny catkins in spring. Kinda fun and this will grow in places way colder than you will want to garden in.
Large Band Pot This will come as no surprise when we till you this has carmine flowers. Shorter and bushier then say 'Lucifer' with mid-sized flowers flared open with a dab of yellow in the center. A clump of this really puts out the flowers. This is a very good performer in our garden or at least it was until we let the Prunus mume, Buddleja loricata and Rosa x richardii shade it out. Fortunately our big clump in our stock beds is doing great and that is where these are coming from so no worries. Introduced in the early 1950's.
Quart Pot Exceptional deciduous ground cover with solid dark green leaves for the shade garden or partly sunny spot. Early spring pink tinged blue flowers appear with abandon before the leaves emerge. Portland garden designer and author Lucy Hardiman told us there is nothing like this for underplanting Corylopsis pauciflora with its complementary soft yellow bells. Thrives in a heavy moist soil and neither asks for nor receives any extra attention beyond the bare minimum from us.