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Welcome to Far Reaches Farm

A Rare Plant Specialty Nursery in Port Townsend Washington

Sue Milliken & Kelly Dodson, proprietors


What's New at The Farm - September 16 2014 - UPDATE: Yes, we will have a special open Friday 9-26 to accommodate the NPA open garden days but all are welcome. We will have extended hours from 10-5 on that day.

We're pulling stock plants - see partial list at end of this - for our upcoming open weekends and this coming Thurs-Sat open weekend will see some goodies pulled from the Cloud Forest that taken hold in our big shade greenhouse. This greenhouse is named for plant hunter Joseph Rock who spent much time in the mountains of China as well as Hawaii and he would feel right at home in this greenhouse trying makes his way through on faint trails 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.

You can start shopping now using the categories on the left, or read our Ordering Instructions first.

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:

Got my 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

More customer comments...


Pulmonaria angustifolia
Pulmonaria angustifolia
Price: $9.00

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.
Saxifraga fortunei
Saxifraga fortunei
Price: $12.00

4" Pot
Domo arigato to our friend Lance for sharing some amazing named selections imported from Japan of this choice autumn flowering perennial. These are mixed seedlings mainly from white flowered selections and although all vary in bloom, they are all consistently really good. A beautiful plant with sizable fleshy Maple-ish leaves and topped in fall by airy sprays of pure white to sometimes touched in pink flowers like snow frozen in flight. Favoring a cool moist position and such a delight to have something wondrous blooming in the autumn. These have a surprisingly rugged constitution which belies their delicate appearance so if you can take to avoid letting them dry out, they will take care of you.
Lilium nepalense
Lilium nepalense
Price: $10.00

4" 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.
Lobelia tupa
Lobelia tupa
Price: $12.00

4" Pot
Thanks to the plant profile we did in the current issue of Fine Gardening magazine, we were sold out of these but don't despair - we now have our new crop available!

Amazing Chilean Lobelia that is perfectly hardy here if you mulch it during nasty cold snaps. This is one of those perennials that when you see it grown well and you aren't familiar with it, has an almost concussive visual impact. Even when you do know it well, it still seems like a freak of nature it is so beautiful.This gets multiple stalks to 7' high with spires of tubular red flowers for 6-8 weeks which beckon hummingbirds from afar. Highly dramatic and surprisingly easy given good drainage. This grows in sandy areas in Chile so drainage is key. We grow ours in raised beds and mulched with dairy manure as they have a healthy appetite. In late fall, we cut up the stalks and lay them over the crown and usually toss some more cow poo over that as we want to keep frost from the crown plus it can make growth early which can get frosted so the mulch helps. We get ours through short periods of low teens with no problem. This is surely one of the finest of the larger perennials.
Scopolia carniolica
Scopolia carniolica
Price: $15.00

Large Band Pot
In the Solanaceae or 'Tater Family, this deciduous perennial gets many stems that start blooming almost upon emergence in early spring with thimble-shaped chocolate flowers that are yellowish on the inside. Very cool. This likes part sun and is broader than tall at 2' x 3'. It has a nice little overlap with some of the black flowered Hellebores as it is really coming into its own as they are starting to tail off so there is a clever couple of weeks at least.
Meconopsis 'Lingholm' Himalayan Blue Poppy
Meconopsis 'Lingholm' - Himalayan Blue Poppy
Price: $9.00

4" Band Pot
Himalayan Blue Poppy. Few plants capture the imagination and fire a lust to possess to the extant this fabled perennial does. Our 'Lingholm' strain is one of the best of the Blue Poppies and certainly one of the most reliably perennial. We never tire of seeing this in bloom with its large flowers of a good medium blue or of hearing the exclamations of delighted wonder from gardeners of every skill level. There is something about this that is magic and our sympathies if you live where this cannot be grown which is about anywhere it gets hot and/or humid in the summer. This Meconopsis is not an Oriental Poppy. Forget we said the word 'Poppy' because everything that makes an Oriental Poppy happy will surely kill this aristocrat. Think cool. moist, part shade, what is going to make my Primrose happy? and you will be on the right track. This is going to be difficult south of northern New England unless you have a cool microclimate. Forget about Kansas although we have heard good reports from higher elevation in Colorado. We've seen the parent species of this hybrid at 12000' in eastern Bhutan and 10000' in Yunnan both in stable moss-covered boulder slopes which never dry. This appreciates a partly sunny to bright dappled shaded position with good loose organic soil that drains yet doesn't dry out. Acid soil and it doesn't like heat and it does need a winter so it can go dormant. A small percentage will bloom and die - that is just the roll of the Blue Poppy dice and part of the mystique. This strain is much less prone to that plus you have viable seed with which you can start new ones if that does happen. That said, the 'Lingholm' selection in general cultivation has been so diluted by generations of seed-sowing that the Royal Horticultural Society is calling this strain Meconopsis Fertile Blue Group to denote that it is a tall blue flower producing fertile seeds. But what really matters is that these have no peers as there is truly nothing to compare. Young, sturdy plants which will establish very nicely in the garden.
Begonia sutherlandii
Begonia sutherlandii
Price: $10.00

4"Pot
A very handsome hardy tuberous Begonia with orange flowers of which it is obviously very proud of as it is not shy about displaying them. This makes a nice clump and can be left in the garden over winter. Good in containers although I wouldn't let the pots freeze solid. Increases well.
Salix polaris
Salix polaris
Price: $12.00

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.