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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 - April 19 2014

Sitting at the computer on this Saturday morning waiting for the second cup of Port Townsend's Sunrise Coffee's Heavy Haul Out blend to kick in and provide inspiration for our 3629th pot tag description which happens to be Potentilla 'Volcan'. With any luck, a few more descriptions will get done before it is time to open here for retail at 10 o'clock. The lure of potting seedlings is
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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...


Kniphofia pauciflora
Kniphofia pauciflora
Price: $12.00

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.
Hebe ochracea 'James Stirling'
Hebe ochracea 'James Stirling'
Price: $10.00

Quart Pot
A tough (for a Hebe) shrub which has a somewhat coniferous look to its scaled tawny butterscotch branchlets. Any suggestion that it is a conifer is quickly put to rest in the late spring and early summer when the small white flowers decry any affiliation to the gymnosperms. This brings a unique look to the garden along with a workman-like attitude and this performance has been acknowledged by the Award of Garden Merit.
Primula sieboldii 'Uchu'
Primula sieboldii 'Uchu'
Price: $9.00

Medium Band Pot
Bold white flowers with broadly rounded petals on this Japanese selection of the species. In Japan in the wild, this primrose is found on grassy edges and mixed with other plants which provide a dappled light. It is also more adapted than most Primula to a bit of summer dry if need be. There is a plant society in Japan devoted solely to this one species and all of its cultivars - truly a descent into a maelstrom to contemplate the infinite variety and permutations that they have with this one Primula species. Love it when something gets taken to the limit.
Iris bulleyana
Iris bulleyana
Price: $10.00

Quart Pot
These are divisions from our plants grown from wild-collected seed in Yunnan. This is a tough little plant making dense clumps of low grassy leaves to just 14"-16" high with the flower stems standing taller. The flowers are in shades of blue-lavender to violet. This is a sweet and good garden plant and is a classic Iris from western China and a key component for any Asian Iris collection. We're assuming most people have an Asian Iris collection but we're new at this mail order thing. These are fine in average garden soil in a sunny position.
Thalictrum delavayi var. acuminatum
Thalictrum delavayi var. acuminatum
Price: $12.00

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.
Iris cristata 'Powder Blue Giant'
Iris cristata 'Powder Blue Giant'
Price: $10.00

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.
Kitaibela vitifolia
Kitaibela vitifolia
Price: $12.00

Quart Pot
Here is an odd Mallow that every collector needs to grow at least once and we're collectors so of course we grow it. We've had this in our sunny border for 8 years now and give it no attention other than an admiring glance and a shout out for being so low maintenance. A robust Croatian to 7' or 8' or more and which gives the impression of a bushy Grape-leafed Hollyhock with clusters of 2" white flowers. The petals open at the base showing the green calyx behind as a 5 pointed star in the center of the flower and there is just something wonderfully endearing about this subtle bit of trickery.
Valeriana phu 'Aurea'
Valeriana phu 'Aurea'
Price: $10.00

4" 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.