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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...


Eucomis pole-evansii 'Purpurea'
Eucomis pole-evansii "Purpurea"
Price: $12.00

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.
Sauromatum venosum
Sauromatum venosum
Price: $12.00

Quart Pot
This beguiling stinker could be called Beauty and the Beast. If it was a dead beast. The fascinating flower appears before the leaves with the flower bud unzipping in minutes and it then heats up a couple degrees above the ambient air temperature and wafts quite an aroma to lure the carrion flies. This doesn't last very long as the flies quickly pollinate the flower and the smell switch gets flipped off. Tropical leaves and the best petiole or leaf stem around being beautifully mottled in prominent rusty maroon spots.. Moist and good drainage and best mulched over winter as the bulbs are typically not very deep. A good increaser by offsets, this does fine in our shade garden and would be just as happy in the sun. In cold zones, the bulbs can be lifted and stored inside and will actually bloom with the bulb just sitting in your living room although it begs the question "Why?". These bulbs likely won't bloom this year but you'll get great foliage.
Ophiopogon sp.
Ophiopogon sp.
Price: $12.00

4" Pots
Our collection from 1997 in Yunnan, China of this evergreen member of the Convallariaceae. We collected seed of this on a moist rocky yet mossy partly shaded steep slope where it grew under the tree peony, Paeonia delavayi. You would think by now we would have sussed out the species but funny how owning a nursery leaves not nearly enough time for botanical ferreting. We'll work on it and have an answer summer of 2012. Nothing like a deadline. This has small white flowers followed by glossy blue-black fruit like clustered gleaming exotic pearls. This has been a stalwart plant in our shade garden asking little and requiring less. This is not a creeper but a distinct and defined clumper with long fine-bladed green grassy leaves making a dense mop of foliage to 18" tall. These are divsions from the original collections.
Seseli gummiferum
Seseli gummiferum
Price: $12.00

Medium Band Pot
Moon Carrot. Freakishly good plant with gray-blue leaves with an impressive mid to late summer branched inflorescence sporting compound umbels touched in pink then maturing white. Plant nerdishness meets high-end design with this one. Immediate full disclosure - this is biennial but reseeds so do not fear. Good drainage is key such as a sandier soil.
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.
Galtonia regalis
Galtonia regalis
Price: $12.00

4" Pot
Very cool South African bulb grown from seed we received from English plantsman Harry Hay many years ago. Harry was a discriminating collector of plants and generous in sharing. This has broad strap leaves and tall stems bearing pendulous flowers of softly muted green. Truly regal. This has been amply hardy for us and appreciates a bit of shade from the hottest part of the day and will do well on an eastern aspect which where we have ours planted on our sunny border. Nice bulbs which are reaching flowering size so some will and some won't but for those that don't it will be next year for sure.
Veronica thessalica
Veronica thessalica
Price: $12.00

4" Pot
One of the sweetest little groundcovers we have grown. Aside from the small terminal clusters of deep blue flowers in late spring and early summer, we are taken by its good evergreen foliage and year-round tidy appearance. It is in one of our troughs and spills over the lip perfectly. Good for the rock garden.
Valeriana phu 'Aurea'
Valeriana phu 'Aurea'
Price: $12.00

Large Band Pot
Golden Valerian. I don't the origin of the species name but I do know there is no phu like a gold phu. I love this plant. I can't help it - I'm a phu for love. Ok, I'll quit phuling around. Brilliant exhilarating spring gold foliage greening up in summer. Our stock bed of this is like a beacon of captured sunlight on a gray early spring day and has helped to eliminate our seasonal need for serotonin reuptake inhibitors. Stems to 4' with tiny white and visually insignificant but very fragrant flowers.