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
4" Pot Domo arigato to our friend Lance for sharing some amazing named selections imported from Japan of this choice autumn flowering perennial. These are mixed seedlings mainly from white flowered selections and although all vary in bloom, they are all consistently really good. A beautiful plant with sizable fleshy Maple-ish leaves and topped in fall by airy sprays of pure white to sometimes touched in pink flowers like snow frozen in flight. Favoring a cool moist position and such a delight to have something wondrous blooming in the autumn. These have a surprisingly rugged constitution which belies their delicate appearance so if you can take to avoid letting them dry out, they will take care of you.
Large Band Pot Our thanks to one of horticulture's good guys, Jim Fox for bringing us a plant of this lovely Aster from one of his trips to the UK. We'll have to go with him some time to learn how to balance plant shopping and carousing but now that we think on it, all of us regard plant shopping as carousing..........we can't be getting old - no, we're just wiser. After all, that Aster will still be there in the morning. This was named for Princess Sturdza's garden at Le Vasterival in France and that should be recommendation enough. Neither pink nor lavender but firmly positioned in that descriptive Bermuda Triangle of the in-between which allows it to mingle effortlessly with a broad palette of colors. A vigorous grower to 5' with deep royal plum colored stems and flowers for weeks in September. When shipped in the fall, we'll need to cut this plant back.
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.
: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.
Large Band Pot This repetitive lauding of our friend Jim Fox for bringing us cool Asters from the UK could become wearisome and we promise to stop after just a few more. This selection of Aster ericoides was granted the Award of Garden Merit by the Royal Horticultural Society and in the UK this is the horticultural equivalent of being knighted. We are unlikely to be knighted anytime soon but we can have this distinguished Aster in our gardens. This is a lower and bushier plant getting just 3 feet high but that 3 feet is a glorious billow of thousands of small light pink flowers in the fall once it reaches maturity. When shipped in the fall, we'll need to cut this plant back.
Quart Pot Solomon's Seal. Mighty fine selection and surely one of the very best variegated perennials for shade. Good clean white variegation that illuminates wherever it is planted. Stunning enough to stand alone with a simple groundcover at its feet or schmoozes easily with other garden glitteratti. This doesn't increase overly quickly by any means and a large clump is very prized. Not to be confused with the old standby variegated Solomon's Seal which while nice, doesn't have nearly the degree of variegation as this selection.
Large Band Pot In the Solanaceae or 'Tater Family, this deciduous perennial gets many stems that start blooming almost upon emergence in early spring with thimble-shaped chocolate flowers that are yellowish on the inside. Very cool. This likes part sun and is broader than tall at 2' x 3'. It has a nice little overlap with some of the black flowered Hellebores as it is really coming into its own as they are starting to tail off so there is a clever couple of weeks at least.
Small Band Pot One of the wildflower kings of the Columbia Gorge. This is an awesome Desert Parsley that can be found near Lyle on the eastern Washington side of the river growing out of basalt rubble outcrops in the grasslands. Billowing mounds of blue green ferny foliage and big rich pink flower umbels. One of the finest species in the genus and to our minds, one of the most spectacular wildflowers in the State. This has thick deep roots reaching through the tumbled rock into the volcanic clay soil beneath. This endures baking heat and drought in the summer and as a consequence, completes its growth cycle quickly and goes dormant in early summer. Great larger perennial for the rock garden. Young plants not blooming size.