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
One Gallon Pots These are from seed from the good hardy form at Seattle's Washington Park Arboretum. This makes an impressive multi-stemmed shrub to 10 or 12 feet that is fine textured in foliage and a knockout in bloom. Loads of heavy textured hanging yellow flowers like some misplaced Kirengeshoma followed by ornate knobbly long bean pods. We've a weakness for all things knobbly which is good as we are becoming progressively more knobbly ourselves. This is a fast growing nitrogen fixer and best sheltered from cold freezing winds. The parent plant is sited in an open exposed sunny glade but surrounded by a buffering forest.
4" Pot A Roy Lancaster introduction of the variety chinensis from Yunnan, China (which in of itself, is reason enough to have this plant in the collection but then Roy is a hero to us so we're biased but not without reason) of an invaluable winter blooming shrub tolerant of deep shade with white fragrant flowers from late fall into early winter. Superb shade evergreen shrub.
Quart Pot A cool little bulb which needs to be kept frost free in a greenhouse or sun porch over winter. We have found it easy and rewarding as it increases quickly and when nicely crowded produces many spidery pink flowers in late summer on 6"-8" stems above the thin thread-like grassy foliage. This is such an easy and charming plant. Drier when dormant.
Medium Band Pot Nepal Lily. One of our favorite Lilies and one we have had the pleasure of seeing in the wild in Arunachal Pradesh near eastern Bhutan where it was growing in low scrub on a sunny hillside. This is not from that trip but is a particularly good form with very large pendant yellow-green flowers with a stunning chocolate maroon throat. Really pretty amazing. One thing that we especially enjoy is that it creeps about via underground rhizomes setting new bulbs along the way. It is not unusual for it to pop up 18" away from where you planted it. This fecund wanderlust does make for an impressive display in a few years. Good drainage in the winter and mulch. Our planting in our raised shade garden bed had 80 flowers last year and was a sight. These bulbs should flower but some may wait until next year.
Small Band Pot From our seed collection on the lower reaches of Luojishan in Sichuan fall of 2012 where we saw these in some localized profusion in grassy areas. These were notable because of their nearly 3' height but also because of the very glaucous silver underleaf. No clue yet as to the flower but the foliage was worth a chance.
Large Band Pots Rare and elusive in commerce, this is a denizen of the New Jersey Pine Barrens and moist areas along the Eastern Seaboard. When in flower, it always strikes us as looking more extra-terrestrial than a product of our own earthly evolution. Bizarre pink cones of small packed flowers studded with blue anthers are just a giggle. Rich moist soil in some shade. This is Federally listed as endangered and threatened. Our plant was received many years ago from the Rhododendron Species Botanic Garden who grew it from seed and we have propagated it like mad here at the nursery so our conscience is clear.
4" 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.
4" Pot Pink Lily of the Valley. Charming pink form of an old fashioned standby which is a nice spreader for the shade garden and quite drought tolerant when established. Lovely in miniature bouquets where its sweet elusive scent teases the senses.