A Rare Plant Specialty Nurseryin Port Townsend Washington
Sue Milliken & Kelly Dodson, proprietors
What's New at The Farm - May 24 - The bosses played hookey today with no staff here and cloudy weather allowing us to put off watering until tomorrow. Sue and Kelly went out to the propagation and potted up seedlings. Very, very cool seedlings which we are pretty excited about and we can't tell you what they are because sure enough that would invoke the chicken counting parable and bring down a plague of damping off, a legion of slugs or a horde of......... 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
4" Pot A fun selection of this "Panda Ginger" from Tony Avent. This sports a pronounced pale veining on the large leaves which adds a bunch of interest. Large white and black flowers nestle at the crown of the plant and after years of growing the species in our garden, we never fail to feel like a kid seeing these in April.
Large Band Pot Newer European hybrid uncommon in the US. This basically replaces 'Desdemona' being a superior selection. Good dark foliage especially early in the season and long-lasting orange-yellow flowers in summer. Hardy shot of big leaf tropicalissimo look for the garden. Loves a rich moist soil where it will make a run at stealing the show
Large Band Pot A fine selection with pleasantly gentle butter-yellow leaves and a long display harmonius blue flowers. This is one of those weaver geraniums with long questing flowering stems which weave into surrounding shrubs. We have ours planted at the base of a rose in our sunny border.
4" Pot One of the many forms of Saxifraga paniculata from the mountains of Europe. We received this with the name of 'Freckles' but find no reference to this name in the various sources where if it were valid, it would be listed. Therefore we assume it is a synonym of 'Punctata' as both refer to the heavy sprinkling of red dot on the petals of the white flowers. Excellent trough or rock garden plant and wouldn't mind a little shade during the hottest blaze of the day although we grow ours in full sun but never let them dry out.
4" Pot Saxifraga cochlearis is native to the southeastern Alps and this form 'Major' is speculated to be a hybrid with S. callosa which would account for its extra vigor. Not a bad thing at all! This makes clustered rosettes of foliage encrusted in silvery deposits and has white flowers in spring. Good in a trough or rock garden.
4" Pot Our introduction from 2012 of this new to cultivation species. This was found on a scramble up a shaded and damp ravine which would have been a small stream during rainstorms. Fortunately it was sunny. A tight groundcover with normally green leaves but this sport has frosty white flecks in the leaves most prominent in the spring. Small green flowers.in branched heads up to 6" above the leaves. We were hoping for yellow but this will make the green flower contingent happy. You would be surprised just how many of them are out there! This overwintered nicely in our garden winter of 2014 enduring two separate events of 3 nights of 15F each time.
Large Band Pot Pubescent Carex. A useful grass from the woodlands of the Midwest and Northeast, this collection comes from Illinois by Aaron Floden. This is one of the more drought tolerant of the Carex and makes dense tussocks of softly hairy evergreen leaves to just 10" or so. A good addition to the natural garden.
Large Band Pot The flowers on this oddly hard to obtain Davison cultivar from 1904 are indeed fit for the gods. Long petals on very large shapely deep orange flowers open widely to best show off the red ring in the center. This is a tall grower between 3' and 4' tall and despite being a centenarian, stills rocks the house.