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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 - February 26 We have recovered from the marathon early than normal push to get the gardens and nursery in tip-top shape as we had the privilege to attend the international Mahonia Summit in mid February as well as host the attendees here at the nursery on the final day of the conference. Try to imagine the anxiety attacks we were having at the prospect of Dan Hinkley, Tony Avent, Nick Macer, John Grimshaw, Mark Weathington and the like times ten wandering about for hours. No, you have to imagine our anxiety at a 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...


Saxifraga paniculata 'Rosea'
Saxifraga paniculata 'Rosea'
Price: $10.00

4" Pot
Nice little clumper for the rock garden or special niche from the late plant guru Steve Doonan. Airy sprays of small red flowers are most becoming. Likes a well-drained soil that gets some water now and then. Not as drought tolerant as Hens and Chicks but then what is? Very nice form of this Saxifraga species which probably came to Steve via Bob Putnam and these are nice full pots. Full hot sun won't be to it's liking but it will be happy in mostly sun here in the maritime PNW or a good eastern exposure where there is real sun. A lot of people don't count our few 78F scorching summer days here as being real sun.
Spiraea morrisonicola PMD
Spiraea morrisonicola PMD
Price: $12.00

Small Band Pot Fantastic little gem from the high mountains of Taiwan collected by our friend Philip MacDougall. Our mama plant from him is several years old and is a compact dome just 9" high and maybe 12" across. Early summer has this adorned in small heads of dark pink buds which open to dense heads of clustered flowers which have a pink throat with a corolla edge of pale pink to near white.
Iris lazica
Iris lazica
Price: $15.00

Large Band Pot
A lesser-known cousin to the better-known Iris unguicularis. This is a Turkish species and while it blooms a bit later than it's famed cousin, is still early enough to be immensely gratifying plus it has hands down far more attractive evergreen foliage than I. unguicularis. We had a flower or two this past December but expect it to really kick in when March roll around. The flowers are held down in the foliage and often this foliage is cut pack prior to flowering so the blooms can be enjoyed unencumbered. We've never gotten around to do that and our enjoyment has not been diminished one whit Easy with drainage and will take some summer dry. We've found the foliage looks better in part shade and actually grow this in our shade garden.
Bletilla striata
Bletilla striata
Price: $12.00

Quart Pot
Chinese Ground Orchid. Hardy Orchid that does great outside here. My mom had a big patch on the west side of her house on the Hood Canal which had over 50 flower stems. Deep lavender-pink perfect orchid flowers. Easy. Mom's gardening doctrine was that of Benign Neglect so you should do fine. A friend of ours does well with these in Iowa with mulch so they are adaptable. They can take full sun here but we have wimpy sun so elsewhere part sun to even bright shade will be great.
Sarcococca ruscifolia 'Dragon Gate'
Sarcococca ruscifolia var. chinensis 'Dragon Gate'
Price: $15.00

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.
Senecio pulcher
Senecio pulcher
Price: $15.00

Large Band Pot
Rare and choice goody that Jim Fox brought back to us from England. Surprisingly hardy, this shocks in a genus full of yellows and whites by having screaming hot bright fuchsia pink daisies in summer. Don't plant it with the red Dahlia 'Bishop of Llandaff' like we did - a memorable combo for garish bad color combinations that still sends me bolt upright in bed. We can only paraphrase Bob Brown's perfect description as the plant did come from his nursery "The color reminds me of an Indian brothel. Not that I would know," We mulch ours in winter just to be on the safe side which is easy as it is dormant.
Sophora microphylla
Sophora microphylla
Price: $15.00

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.

Convallaria majalis var. rosea
Convallaria majalis var. rosea
Price: $12.00

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.