A Rare Plant Specialty Nurseryin Port Townsend Washington
Sue Milliken & Kelly Dodson, proprietors
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
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!
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
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
Large Band Pot This is a fine Meadow Rue and one we have long grown and so can testify that it is durable, easy and very pretty. We first saw this species in Yunnan in 1997 and have had a soft spot for it ever since. Fine textured foliage like a graceful Columbine and light plum colored stems 3'-5' tall holding individually large pinkish flowers. We grow this both in full sun and in our shade garden and the early summer bloom is just a great textural addition.
Quart Pot Pendant clusters of yellow bells makes this a refined and classy plant for the shade garden. Makes nice clumps and effortlessly combines with so many shade-loving plants. This Korean and Japanese native is very hardy and a good doer increasingly pleasantly fast. Some Disporum are runners but this stays obediently where you plant it. It is one of the few yellow-flowered species in the genus and for us has proven to be one of the easiest in the garden.
Quart Pot A true collector's gem from the Himalayan foothills is this Trillium relative. Winner of the Most Complex Green Flower Award, this has interesting and quietly lovely flowers followed in summer by riotous orange-red fruit. Very cool. These are nice big bulbs. Basic Trillium culture.
Bare Root This Chinese woodland Peony is one of the few species blooming and thriving in full shade as well as sun. Nicely dissected ferny foliage and slightly nodding single pink flowers 2-3 per stem makes this distinctively beautiful. We had a rare trip in the spring to Yunnan and Sichuan in 2006 to see plants in flower and this was one of the standouts. Later to make growth in the spring than some of the other species so don't panic. These are seedlings and it will be a couple years until you see blooms. The biggest problem with peonies is planting them too deep so just cover the red growth bud if dormant or plant no deeper than it is if in growth.
Quart Pots Evergreen Solomon's Seal. This is a darn good plant from Sichuan China that really performs here in the Northwest and we've heard good reports from the Midwest, Northeast and Southeast as well. This makes dense clumps of upright stems clad in glossy evergreen leaves below which dangle white bells in spring. We typically cut back last year's growth in spring so we can enjoy fresh new. This is an easy plant. These are divisions from a plant we have grown since the 80's from probably the first clone to be introduced to cultivation. This was introduced to the US by the late Ken Gambrill who formerly the curator at the Rhododendron Species Botanic Garden. Ken found this at the famed Washfield Nursery in England.
Medium Band Pot Moon Carrot. Freakishly good plant with gray-blue leaves with an impressive mid to late summer branched inflorescence sporting compound umbels touched in pink then maturing white. Plant nerdishness meets high-end design with this one. Immediate full disclosure - this is biennial but reseeds so do not fear. Good drainage is key such as a sandier soil.
Medium Band Pot Exceptional double Campanula we received via Bob Brown's Cotswold Garden Flowers in England. This has big medium blue flowers like 2 shallow cups nested together. These are on strong stems which don't blow over and we can testify to that living on the windswept Port Townsend Steppe. This is a good performer and one that has the panache to mingle in the trendy garden as well as carrying a classic look that works in the cottage or Victorian garden. Or in our case it shines in our looking-for-a-genre sunny border.
Medium 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.