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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 - September 16 2014 - UPDATE: Yes, we will have a special open Friday 9-26 to accommodate the NPA open garden days but all are welcome. We will have extended hours from 10-5 on that day.

We're pulling stock plants - see partial list at end of this - for our upcoming open weekends and this coming Thurs-Sat open weekend will see some goodies pulled from the Cloud Forest that taken hold in our big shade greenhouse. This greenhouse is named for plant hunter Joseph Rock who spent much time in the mountains of China as well as Hawaii and he would feel right at home in this greenhouse trying makes his way through on faint trails 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...


Aster ericoides 'Pink Cloud'
Aster ericoides 'Pink Cloud'
Price: $10.00

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.
Impatiens omeiana
Impatiens omeiana
Price: $12.00

4" Pot
Perennial Impatiens. Apricot yellow pouchy flowers in late summer enliven the already vibrant foliage of this hardy Chinese species. A good spreader so give it some room. Judith McLoughlin in Victoria combines this beautifully with Filipendula ulmaria 'Aurea' or at least she did at one point in the past as her gorgeous small garden is anything but static.
Sarcococca ruscifolia 'Dragon Gate'
Sarcococca ruscifolia var. chinensis 'Dragon Gate'
Price: $15.00

4" Pot
A Roy Lancaster introduction of the variety chinensis from Yunnan, China (which in of itself, is reason enough to have this plant in the collection but then Roy is a hero to us so we're biased but not without reason) of an invaluable winter blooming shrub tolerant of deep shade with white fragrant flowers from late fall into early winter. Superb shade evergreen shrub.
Trachystemon orientalis
Trachystemon orientalis
Price: $12.00

Large Band Pot Pot
Turkish/Bulgarian/Georgian member of the Borage family with panicles of blue flowers from unfurling fiddlehead clusters of buds just as the leaves emerge in early spring. The leaves are pretty big and form a dense cover. This is a very tough plant tolerating short term serious dry abuse although best in good soil with adequate moisture. We tolerate short term periods of being dry ourselves and personally find it abusive so while the Trachystemon can take some dry, it is much happier if it doesn't have to. Great at shading out weeds. Probably deer resistant as they have never munched it here but we try hard not to have them munch at all.
Eucomis pallidiflora subsp. pole-evansii
Eucomis pallidiflora subsp. pole-evansii
Price: $9.00

4" Pot
Giant Pineapple Lily. This is an immense jaw-dropping bulbous wonder from South Africa that while not blooming size yet is pretty close as these are nice big plants. Despite it's irrational tropical appearance it is hardy here - we just toss some mulch over it for the winter once it goes dormant. Big succulent green leaves to 30" and a 3'-4' tall stem with a cylinder of greenish flowers. Dr. Seuss would have been all over this. Plus it has a long vase life as a cut flower if you can bear to do it. We've heard of success in CT by planting much deeper than we ever would.
Cardiandra amamioshimensis
Cardiandra amamioshimensis
Price: $12.00

Medium Band Pot An oddity in the Hydrangea family, this is a small shrublet introduced by Crûg Farm from cultivated Japanese plants although they say it apparently is native to the Ryukyu Islands. Light green and lightly toothed leaves subtend the vertical open sprays of fertile pink flowers with tiny highlights of bluish stamens. People won't involuntary exclaim in amazement when they see this in your garden but they will feel like they are lagging quite a bit behind you as plant collectors. It is an excellent psychological profile plant as it is a safe bet nobody will know what this is and there will be those who ask right off "just what the heck is that" while others will attempt to give the illusion of "that old thing". Moist and sheltered. We have not yet tried it in our garden but we need to thank Ed Bowen of Opus Plants in Rhode Island for sharing it with us.

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.
Saruma henryi
Saruma henryi
Price: $12.00

Large Band Pot
This choice Chinese perennial is related to our native Ginger or Asarum and Saruma being an anagram of Asarum shows that even taxonomists are not above the occasional botanical hijink.. Felty heart shaped foliage bronze when young and half inch yellow flowers right away in spring continues to bloom through the summer. These succeeds nicely in Chicago which seems like Siberia to us softies here in the PNW. This is easy..