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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 - October 8 2014 - Our last three retail open days here at the nursery are tomorrow through Saturday from 10-4 and folks will be in for a treat as we will have some very good bulbs available. Three excellent Lilium x martagon hybrids - "Maroon King', 'Chameleon' and the classic 'Claude Shride' are now in stock and will find their way onto mail order next week. Anyone who saw our clump of 'Claude Shride' in the garden this summer will instantly be salivating with anticipation. We also will have 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...


Salvia involucrata
Salvia involucrata
Price: $12.00

Large Band Pot
Rosebud Salvia. One big Salvia that always surprises me how hardy it is. Our big clump came through 14F last winter shooting up lots of new shoots this spring but then Sue is a manic mulcher in the Fall. Large soft leaves and terminal flowers of a vivid cerise rose arising from a large "rosebud" in late summer on stems 4'-6' tall.
Thalictrum rochebrunianum
Thalictrum rochebrunianum
Price: $16.00

Large Band Pot
A killer plant in our border we got from UBC wrongly ID'd as T. uchiyamae. It happens even to the best. We were showing Bleddyn and Sue Wynn-Jones from Crug Farm in Wales our planting of this in our border awhile back and we all were admiring the 8' purplish stems holding billowing clouds of lavender-pink-yellow flowers when we noticed Bleddyn wasn't sharing in the appreciation. Once he said that Thalictrum uchiyamae was a small plant a foot or so tall, we understood his confusion. It could not have been a more polar opposite! Always good to be humbled before such botanical heavyweights. ("No, wait! We really do know something about plants! Hey! Where are you going? Come back!" Just a little personal recurring nightmare of ours.) We all agreed with him that it was a fine example of Thalictrum rochebrunianum!
Saxifraga fortunei
Saxifraga fortunei
Price: $12.00

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.
Helonias bullata
Helonias bullata
Price: $15.00

Large Band Pots
Rare and elusive in commerce, this is a denizen of the New Jersey Pine Barrens and moist areas along the Eastern Seaboard. When in flower, it always strikes us as looking more extra-terrestrial than a product of our own earthly evolution. Bizarre pink cones of small packed flowers studded with blue anthers are just a giggle. Rich moist soil in some shade. This is Federally listed as endangered and threatened. Our plant was received many years ago from the Rhododendron Species Botanic Garden who grew it from seed and we have propagated it like mad here at the nursery so our conscience is clear.
Ophiopogon sp.
Ophiopogon sp.
Price: $10.00

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.
Zingiber mioga
Zingiber mioga
Price: $12.00

Large Band Pot
Mioga Ginger. A treasured food crop in Japan where the new shoots are prized as a vegetable and the flower buds are considered a delicacy when diced and added to soup. This is a true ginger although it lacks the big rhizome of the culinary variety. What it does have over the gingerbread ginger is hardiness. This is the hardiest of the Zingibers and our friend Aaron Floden tells us he grew this in Kansas without any special protection and temperatures regularly got to -15F and it did not suffer. This clumps up quickly in rich moist soil in shade with 3' green leafy stems and produces exotic small orchid-like creamy yellow flowers at ground level in late summer and fall. It's a no-brainer for fall cleanup because the leaf stalks turn yellow and fall over breaking off cleanly from the crown so all you have to do is pick them up. Or not if you are into self-mulching plants.
Crocosmia 'Star of the East'
Crocosmia 'Star of the East'
Price: $12.00

Large Band Pot
This exceptionally large flowered selection is going to be a star in any sunny garden where it's unrivaled flower size leaves most other Crocosmias wishing they hadn't been mired in ethical dilemmas and just gone ahead and done the testosterone injections. Introduced in 1910 by George Davison and was a sensation at the time garnering every accolade and award available at the time. 100 years old and it is still showing the newcomers a thing or two as it has few rivals for size of flowers and stoutness of stem. Timeless excellence. Our plants came from NW icon Russell Graham some years back.
Sorbus aff. meliosmifolia CDHM 14600
Sorbus aff. meliosmifolia CDHM 14600
Price: $18.00
Sale Price: $13.50

Small Band Pot
Our collection from Leigongshan in Guizhou of this fine Mountain Ash which is in the Aria section with its simple entire leaves. Small trees in the wild to perhaps 20' with clusters of white flowers backed by the good foliage. The fruit looks like miniature asian pears and complements the russet brown fall color.