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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 - June 29 - We have been doing our fair share of watering here of late and really appreciated the cloudy day yesterday which gave us a bit of a break. We do a lot of hand watering and this lets us keep an eye on what is happening with the plants. One of the best...... 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 open Thurs-Sat 10-4 but will have occasional extended hours and we might take the odd weekend off from retail to catch up on work here so check our open days on the right hand side of this page just to confirm if you are planning a visit.

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...


Libertia peregrinans
Libertia peregrinans
Price: $12.00

4" Pot
Evergreen or in this case everorange stiff blades which complement the starry white flowers in late spring makes this New Zealander an invaluble addition to the garden.
Crocosmia 'Ember Glow'
Crocosmia 'Ember Glow'
Price: $12.00

Large Band Pot
Nice robust Crocosmia with vibrant trumpets of red and orange-yellow flowers. Flowers like hot coals with the same mesmerizing effect as staring into a fire absently swirling some 15 year Laphroig in your glass and thinking back upon opportunities seized or lost and past lovers real and that could have been and of all of the forks pondered in life's road and how time is fleeing by and there is so much left to do and just as I start to freebase unanswerable questions with no expectation of reply I glance at Emberglow and wonder how did it come to be that I am so lucky to have so many plants that capture my senses so completely as to send me traveling the astral plane soaring in grace and peace high above the scrabble that so often fractures my day?
Crocosmia 'Jackanapes VI'
Crocosmia 'Jackanapes'
Price: $18.00

Large Band Pot
The enigmatic iconoclast Pete Ray of Puget Garden Resources, brought this perky selection back from the UK. Smaller than most varieties both in height and flower size, this has that cheeky something that the others would give their right anther for. Flowers are a perfect bicolored symmetry of red and yellow on stems to 2 feet or so.
Gazania linearis 'Colorado Gold'
Gazania linearis 'Colorado Gold'
Price: $12.00

4" Pot
An indispensable Port Townsend plant. This rugged South African is sun, wind and drought tolerant and absolutely hardy here. One of the most admired plants in our border for its profuse display of large yellow to orange daisies on low stems. Good drainage.
Libertia 'Amazing Grace'
Libertia 'Amazing Grace'
Price: $18.00

:Large Band Pot
An interesting hybrid selection of this New Zealand Iris relative. Evergreen (except for hard winters) olive green foliage provides a grand setting for the numerous stems of small bright white flowers. This makes a clump pretty quickly and is great texture in the garden. This has been consistent a performer in our border garden for years and the worst winters fry the leaves which we cut back in spring and then the new growth appears and it blooms very happily and we can't remember we had a bad winter. When we have mild winters it looks great and we don't have to do anything. We mulch the crown of ours when we have an arctic express barreling down upon us just to be on the safe side.
Ichtyoselmis (syn. Dicentra) macrantha
Ichtyoselmis (syn. Dicentra) macrantha
Price: $13.00

Large Band Pot
Chinese Bleeding Heart. While we miss Dicentra, we do enjoy this new name and the "ichtyo" reference to the fishtail flowers. This clone probably hails from a Sichuan Mt Emei collection by Don Jacobs. This is a vigorous and impressive plant growing in shaded moist sites in the wild. Taking that into account, that is where we grow it here in our shade garden where it grows under an Ilex fargesii with the odd Lilium nepalense poking through. Broad leaflets on 20" tall foliage with large palest yellow flowers. In exceptionally rich moist soil this can really get a head of steam going and perhaps be too much of a good thing but in our shade garden we have been nothing but happy for the seven years it has been growing.
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.
Glumicalyx goseloides
Glumicalyx goseloides
Price: $12.00

4" Pot
There is nothing gloomy about Glumicalyx because it has chocolate scented flowers and we all know chocolate is a natural antidepressant and good for you. Tough South African perennial subshrub which makes a low clump of evergreen leaves which sprout 10" stems of clustered white bells which open to orange-red. Full to half sun, adequate moisture and good drainage, this handles our winters getting to 18" and 3' wide or so fairly quickly. A friend grew one in a tall container and it looked grand spilling over the lip. This will look great this summer. It might even be deer resistant since the foliage is musky scented when bruised but we haven't tested it in that area. Probably the most damage will come from your friends who will have to smell the flowers and then want a slip to start at home.