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
Large Band Pot This is a treasure among Pokers. A small statured species with big time bloom from South Africa introduced to the NW by one of the finest small nurseries in the country, Hedgerows Nursery in OR who have now retired and we are diminished as a result. David and Susie grew exceptional plants nearly perfectly and their level of excellence is what we gauge ourselves against. Of course David cheated with that damned English accent. Back to the plant under discussion -this Kniphofia doesn't know the word quit and after a main heavy spring bloom keeps throwing up flowers spikes sporadically throughout the season given ample water and food. This was a rare plant in just a few localities near Durban in South Africa and is now thought to be extirpated in the wild. Not as hardy as some, this benefits from a good mulch if temps drop into the teens in which case it is happy as a clam.
Large Band Pot This choice Chinese perennial is related to our native Ginger or Asarum and Saruma being an anagram of Asarum shows that even taxonomists are not above the occasional botanical hijink.. Felty heart shaped foliage bronze when young and half inch yellow flowers right away in spring continues to bloom through the summer. These succeeds nicely in Chicago which seems like Siberia to us softies here in the PNW. This is easy..
Small Band Pot The name "Purpurea" is not technically a valid clonal name but it is certainly an apt decriptive name. We received this from plantsman Ed Bowen and it bring some serious Pineapple Lily presence to the garden with its very large purple flushed foliage and imposing statuesque flowers.
4" Pot Alternate-leaved Golden Saxifrage. Love it when customers share interesting plants with us which is how we came by this little goody. This is pretty much circumarboreal in the northern hemisphere where it is often found in rock outcrops in moist areas. Nice rounded evergreen leaves and umbels of yellow flowers in spring. This is going to work nicely as a small scale groundcover in a moist lightly shaded spot. It grows in some pretty northern cold areas with a distinctly continental climate so good and hardy.
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.
4" Pot We have long affection for all the forms of the dwarf Iris cristata which is an east coast native and with Powder Blue Giant, our affections sometimes manifest themselves in PDA's such as stroking the large medium blue flowers and oohing. Deciduous carpeter. A real sweety.
Small Band Pot A surprisingly hardy tuberous little wildflower from the mountains of the Southwest. This has BLUE flowers of some enviable intensity. The multiple flower buds are held clasped in a pouch like a heart folded in half and one flower emerges each day. This simple bit of wonderment continues on for weeks in June and July. Well after blooming, the pouches now clasping bundles of black seeds continue to hold interest and our sales of this here at the nursery continue strongly even when it is out of flower. Sun, average moisture and decent drainage.
Tall Medium Band Pot This is quite the rarity both in cultivation and in the wild where it is endangered in the few high valleys in which it grows in Corsica. These are seed-grown bulbs of which some flowered fall of 2011 and thanks to plant enthusiast Claire Cockroft for sharing a pot of grassy seedlings some years back. Narrow leaves don't present the challenge that some of the larger species do and the small soft lilac-pink flowers are charming. Despite its smaller stature, this is pretty tough little bulb because we did a couple of things wrong - most notably too much water when dormant - and it grew anyway. Perfect for the bulb frame or rockery.