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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 - October 8 2014 - Our last three retail open days here at the nursery are tomorrow through Saturday from 10-4 and folks will be in for a treat as we will have some very good bulbs available. Three excellent Lilium x martagon hybrids - "Maroon King', 'Chameleon' and the classic 'Claude Shride' are now in stock and will find their way onto mail order next week. Anyone who saw our clump of 'Claude Shride' in the garden this summer will instantly be salivating with anticipation. We also will have 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: $8.00

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.
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.
Iris lazica
Iris lazica
Price: $12.00

Quart 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: $11.00

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.
Thalictrum sp. CDHM 14584
Thalictrum sp. CDHM 14584
Price: $15.00

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.
Crocosmia 'Carmin Brilliant'
Crocosmia 'Carmin Brilliant'
Price: $12.00

Large Band Pot
This will come as no surprise when we till you this has carmine flowers. Shorter and bushier then say 'Lucifer' with mid-sized flowers flared open with a dab of yellow in the center. A clump of this really puts out the flowers. This is a very good performer in our garden or at least it was until we let the Prunus mume, Buddleja loricata and Rosa x richardii shade it out. Fortunately our big clump in our stock beds is doing great and that is where these are coming from so no worries. Introduced in the early 1950's.
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.

Ugni molinae
Ugni molinae
Price: $12.00

4" Pot
Chilean Guava. Our mama plant is loaded with fruit in the greenhouse right now and after eating some, we're questioning why we are selling any instead of keeping them to lavish ourselves in personal extravagance. If we were just two miles down the road by the shore we would grow these outside but here in the relative Siberia of the Quimper Peninsula Steppe, we dasn't take the chance. One of the perfect evergreen shrubs for mild climates, this has shiny aromatic leaves giving olfactory testimony to its inclusion in the Myrtle family. Nice white flowers followed by ruby flavorful fruit the size of average Blueberries and all on a broadly columnar plant to 8' tall. If this was hardier, it would be ubiquitous. As it is, it is worth coddling in cooler climes and personally we are going to throw down some Chilean Guava on our foodie friends come Christmas. Brought Ullucus tuberosus tip salad to Thanksgiving and now for something Ugni. Walking the razor's edge of foodism with an MC Hammer You Can't Touch This. The best thing about bringing an Ugni dish to Christmas dinner? It'll be the best Ugni anyone has ever had. Nemo in The Matrix not in black but in white Chef holding a plate of Ugni ala Far Reaches in one hand and reaching out and beckoning "Bring it, foodies" with the other. Oh yeah, so doing the Ugni.