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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 - August 18 - We had 1/2" of rain this past weekend and talk about a mood enhancer! Working hard on new adds for the website so must get back to it.............

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 '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.
Symphyotrichum 'Purple Dome' syn. Aster
Symphyotrichum 'Purple Dome' syn. Aster
Price: $12.00

Large Band Pot
This blooms like there is no tomorrow smothering itself in a dense sheet of purple. A very short and compact plant to perhaps 18" tall and broader. Good dark green foliage should be the perfect foil for the flowers except it is totally obscured by bloom but we're not complaining! Good garden workhorse.
Kniphofia ichopensis
Kniphofia ichopensis
Price: $12.00

Large Band Pot
We're pleased to offer this uncommon South African 'Poker. Light butterscotch well-spaced buds open to pale cream, yellowish tones or a tawny orange. There is some seedling variation hence the range of colors. What doesn't vary is the elegance of the flowers with their long tapering wands of florets standing tall above the long dark green broadly grassy foliage. We've been impressed by the established clumps which keep sending up new flowers well after the first flowers have gone to seed. They are in a moist spot and seem to really respond to the extra water.
Hepatica x media
Hepatica x media
Price: $18.00

Large Band Pot
Fabulous hybrid Hepatica that in time will form mats of great lobed foliage with loads of light medium blue flowers in early spring. A durable plant with few if any faults. Great with Ranunculus ficaria and Hellebores.
Cirsium rivulare 'Atropurpureum'
Price: $18.00

Gallon Pot
No shipping to the State of: MD Highly regarded in the Uk and Europe but not well known on this side of the pond but we are trying to correct that. Beautifully grown in Linda McDonald's garden which should be reason enough for anyone to grow it. Coarse and hirsute foliage to 2' with reddish flowers on 4; stems.
Lilium sargentiae SEH 142
Lilium sargentiae SEH 142
Price: $15.00

Large Band Pot or Bare Root Will ship in October when dormant
Second generation plants from Steve Hootman's collection from NE Yunnan China and the first time recorded in that province. Ernest 'Chinese' Wilson collected this much earlier in 1903 in Sichuan and 'Chinese' Hootman's collection is a key reintroduction of this exceptional species. Steve is the Director and Curator at the Rhododendron Species Botanic Garden and one of the most significant plant hunters of the modern era and we've been privileged to explore new areas in Asia with him on three occasions. Steve says he collected seed of this at 7500' on steep virtually inaccessible cliffs with a river rushing far below. If you are going to fall from a cliff, its good to have a river below so you have a least some chance. These are things we have learned. These are truly statuesque lilies - ours were pushing 10' this last year in the shade garden and the ones in full sun were shorter but no less magnificent - with scented big white trumpets colored on the exterior in broad puce stripes. Puce? That's never gonna sell. Like a white linen tablecloth gently stained in a soft but errant Oregon Pinot Noir. Nice flowering sized bulbs that are a year or two from their ultimate size. As an example of the size these will become, some of the mature bulbs fully grown would be impossible to squeeze into a one gallon round pot for example as they do become hefty!
Rosa x richardii
Rosa x richardii
Price: $12.00

4" Pot
Thought to be the oldest cultivated rose and found now growing around churches and holy sites in Ethiopia where it is believed Christians introduced it in 4th century AD. There are depictions of this in the ruins of Minoan architecture. Talk about a track record! We got ours from the sadly late Sue Buckles of Seattle and love it. Tough and disease resistant with sizeable pale pink single flowers. We have this out on our border at the base of a Prunus mume and it has scrambled up into it perfectly and has filled in around the base all without us doing anything. This a smaller shrub rose that will ramble a bit if it has something to lean on.