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
Small Band Pot The name "Purpurea" is not technically a valid clonal name but it is certainly an apt decriptive name. We received this from plantsman Ed Bowen and it bring some serious Pineapple Lily presence to the garden with its very large purple flushed foliage and imposing statuesque flowers.
4" Pot Gold-leafed Antarctic Beech named for the city of Chillan in Chile near where it was found presumably. We can't help but think of this as Chillin' as this has swagger implied being totally chill without crass overt ostentation. Think of Matthew McConaughey in the LIncoln car commercial. Deciduous, good winter bark interest.
Large Band Pot A fairly recent introduction from the mountain forests of Oaxaca, Mexico, this consistently takes top honors in the blue flowered Salvias. This will make a mound of large grape-leaf somewhat resinous foliage with electric blue flowers late summer and fall. A little shade is ok. Mulch well in winter.
Large Band Pot This exceptionally large flowered selection is going to be a star in any sunny garden where it's unrivaled flower size leaves most other Crocosmias wishing they hadn't been mired in ethical dilemmas and just gone ahead and done the testosterone injections. Introduced in 1910 by George Davison and was a sensation at the time garnering every accolade and award available at the time. 100 years old and it is still showing the newcomers a thing or two as it has few rivals for size of flowers and stoutness of stem. Timeless excellence. Our plants came from NW icon Russell Graham some years back.
4" Pot Named by Gosler Farms Nursery after Portland plantswoman Jane Platt, this southeastern US native is shorter than most forms staying usually under 2 feet and getting a bit wider. The fall color is more exquisite in this form lasting longer lighting up November with oranges, reds and yellows. Oh, and it blooms! White bottlebrushes in spring.
4" Pot A Primula species endemic to isolated pockets along 45km at the crest of the Northern Apennines between Tuscany and Emilia-Romagna. A distinct species with magenta-pink flowers set off by a white eye. This has been a good plant for us and quite hardy. Not one likely to be found at Home Despot.
4" Pot Regarded as a subspecies of Phlox glaberimma by some taxonomic treatments, this retains specific staus among many phlox experts and we're going with them. We received this plant from Dr. Peter Zale of the Ohio State University Germplasm Center who said this was an amazing collection. Pink flowers and blooms it's butt off.
4" Pot This Strawberry Saxifrage has rich colored leaves quite maroon underneath and intricately marked in silver on top. This sends out runners like a strawberry which makes new plants at the tips & makes a great groundcover for moist shade. Dandy and delicate white/pink flowers on 18" stems. This has proved itself in our shade garden.