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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 - July 15 2014

We are going through reentry after an amazing week looking at plants in Colorado with our friend Dan Post. The trip was orchestrated by our friend and Master Plant Puppeteer, Panayoti Kelaidis who is Senior Curator and Director of Outreach at Denver Botanic Gardens. Panayoti is a plant fiend who has never met a plant in which he couldn't find some meritorious quality to celebrate. Fortunately, that same approach is applied to people and 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...


Thalictrum sp. CDHM 14584
Thalictrum sp. CDHM 14584
Price: $15.00

Small Band Pot From our seed collection on the lower reaches of Luojishan in Sichuan fall of 2012 where we saw these in some localized profusion in grassy areas. These were notable because of their nearly 3' height but also because of the very glaucous silver underleaf. No clue yet as to the flower but the foliage was worth a chance.
Sorbus aff. meliosmifolia CDHM 14600
Sorbus aff. meliosmifolia CDHM 14600
Price: $18.00

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.
Hesperantha coccinea 'November Cheer'
Hesperantha coccinea 'November Cheer'
Price: $12.00

Large Band Pot
aka Schizostylis. A later blooming selection of perhaps more stoutness in stem and flower than some other clones. A good rounded pink flower on comparatively stout stems that holds the flowers nicely. And it is true that we enjoy the flowers here in November assuming we don't get an early cold snap. A good increaser and for those of you who have to be dragged kicking and screaming into winter refusing to let go of the last vestiges of summer then this is the plant for you.
Sophora microphylla
Sophora microphylla
Price: $15.00

One Gallon Pots
These are from seed from the good hardy form at Seattle's Washington Park Arboretum. This makes an impressive multi-stemmed shrub to 10 or 12 feet that is fine textured in foliage and a knockout in bloom. Loads of heavy textured hanging yellow flowers like some misplaced Kirengeshoma followed by ornate knobbly long bean pods. We've a weakness for all things knobbly which is good as we are becoming progressively more knobbly ourselves. This is a fast growing nitrogen fixer and best sheltered from cold freezing winds. The parent plant is sited in an open exposed sunny glade but surrounded by a buffering forest.

Aralia aff. chinensis CDHM 14714
Aralia aff. chinensis CDHM 14714
Price: $15.00

Medium Band Pot
A collection from Guangxi of this fairly tender but interesting Araliad. Big bipinnately compound leaves are not exempt from the sharp spines which clad the stems. Open constellation of pale white umbels of small flowers give way to glossy black fruit. This was nine feet tall as a single stemmed plant growing in moist shade.
Crocosmia 'Goldfinch'
Crocosmia 'Goldfinch'
Price: $16.00

Large Band Pot
This is not commonly grown and only a handful of nurseries in the UK offer this 1918 George Henley introduction and you would be hard-pressed to find anyone in the US. Small flowers touched red on the outside of the tepals and fusing into yellow on the inside presenting a very pleasing two-toned effect. The small-flowered cultivars bring a tasteful nuanced splash of color and often can be more effective than the larger flowered varieties. This is a good mid-sized plant at 30" tall or a bit less.
Holboellia aff. chapaensis FMWJ 13171
Holboellia aff. chapaensis FMWJ 13171
Price: $45.00

One Gallon Pot
From a Floden-Mitchell-Wynn-Jones collection at Lao Cai, above Silver Waterfall, Vietnam at 2100 meters in the fall of 2011. This is quite a rare evergreen vine and we are privileged to offer just a few. We might refer you to the March 2009 issue of The Plantsman for an excellent treatment on Holboellia and this species in particular. Male and female flowers on this woody vine which are attractive and likely cream to pinkish and just as likely nicely scented. These are followed by prominent fruit. Hardiness is totally unknown and you can contribute to botanical knowledge by giving this a try and reporting back. Certainly protect this first winter 2012-13 as these are first-year plants. Realistically, a mild Zone 8 is a good starting point.
Bletilla striata
Bletilla striata
Price: $11.00

Quart Pot
Chinese Ground Orchid. Hardy Orchid that does great outside here. My mom had a big patch on the west side of her house on the Hood Canal which had over 50 flower stems. Deep lavender-pink perfect orchid flowers. Easy. Mom's gardening doctrine was that of Benign Neglect so you should do fine. A friend of ours does well with these in Iowa with mulch so they are adaptable. They can take full sun here but we have wimpy sun so elsewhere part sun to even bright shade will be great.