On Mar 27, 2010, revolutionaryma Granada Hills, CA wrote:
Wonderful vendor! I ordered 4 clematis plants. The roots are huge. Very, very healthy plants and they are doing very well in my garden. When I told her I needed a fragrant clematis to somehow mask the neighbor's odorous kenner, she offered to send me a couple of laburnum seedlings as freebie, and they are pretty healthy plants, too. Debbie is reliable, responsive and provides quality plants. She also has a good website with good descriptions. She helped me finalize my choices, since I'm new to clematis and was very helpful and informative. I live in Southern California and I have a lot of great options here for plant sources. But for clematis, I would still buy from Debbie again.
I ordered 8 clematis from Debbie few days ago after reading all those positive feedback. I hope my clematis will come as nice as yours. I put neutral rating because I have not gotten mine yet, not until April, so we will see how its then.
Debbie was a pleasure to order from. She was full of great advice and helpful information.
I ordered two C.'Piilu". The "little ducklings" came carefully packed. When I opened them up, I was not only pleased by the enormous rootmass on each plant, but I was also surprised to find that, in addition, each rootball had a half-dozen healthy vines covered dense foliage sprouting from it.
On Jul 3, 2009, marymyers Poulsbo, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:
Thank goodness I found Debbie. I now have some wonderful clematis that I would have never found anywhere else. And yes, they come in beautiful shape. We are definately lucky to have Silver Star Vinery! But, beware you can become addicted!
I couldn't be more pleased than I was when I received my clematis frim Debbie. I've NEVER in my life received a "living plant" that was in such good condition!
My clematis has a terrific root system, and beautiful, lush foliage. In the one month since I received it in the mail; it has more than doubled in size (over 3' tall) now, and several new shoots to boot!
The first time I ever contacted her, (via email), Debbie was prompt in responding, and so helpful. She makes you feel like you've known her for years, and will do anything to accommodate your needs. My plant was shipped the very next day, and received by me (out of state) the day after that!
I highly recommend her plants, and outstanding method of packaging and shipping! I can't wait to order more next Spring.
On May 23, 2009, bluespanishlady Rochester, MN wrote:
Silver Star vinery is simply THE BEST!
I received the healthiest strongest clematis plants I have ever purchased anywhere. I knew when I saw them that these plants are grown and tended by someone like me who loves gardening and flowers.
There was a good selection from which to choose and each of the four Silver Star Vinery clematis I ordered arrived carefully packaged and in terrifc condition--with great root systems and fresh green foliage. It was such a treat to receive such large helathy plants. I just cant compliment the owner of this nursery enough- these plants are that good!
VERY PLEASED WITH SIZE AND ROOT CONDITIONS OF ALL MY ORDERS. DEBBIE MADE A SPECIAL EFFORT TO SEND TWO JOSEPHINES TO MY MOTHER-IN-LAW WHO HAD JUST COMPLETED CANCER TREATMENTS. HER BIRTHDAY WAS BEFORE REGULAR SHIPPING TIME. THIS COMPANY EXCEEDS ALL YOUR EXPECTATIONS.
On Apr 25, 2009, BlissfulGarden Baton Rouge, LA (Zone 8b) wrote:
Over the past few weeks, I have received mail order clematis from five different vendors. They varied in size and price quite a bit, but I'm happy to say that all the plants are thriving and happy... from every vendor. The clematis I received from Silver Star were the most expensive, but they were also the largest, most impressive specimens I received. To simply say that Silver Star's are "larger" is an understatement. They are, by rough estimation, at least two years older than the clematis you receive via other mail order sources. While this may not be an issue with some plants, for clematis it can make a big difference... as you need a bit of age on the plant before it will really perform well for you. If you are looking for just a few cultivars to add to your garden, Silver Star should be your first choice as a vendor. If you are looking for many cultivars to add to your garden, then I would choose Silver Star for the cultivars you want as your "stars" and then order the ones from which you do not want quick performance from the less expensive vendors. The health of the plants was comparable between all five vendors I tried... it just depends on your expectations and the timing you want for high performance in the garden. I think it would be impossible to find a better clematis available commercially than what you receive from Silver Star. A+++ vendor.
Wonderful plants and great service. All clematis plants arrived yesterday in great shape, very well packaged and with labels. Plants are huge compared with what you get from other nurseries (1 gal). I am very happy and can recommend the nursery to anyone. Will be ordering more this season.
For those interested in clematis, this is the mother load. the roots are HUGE, equal to 3 or 4 year old plants, among the largest available by mail anywhere. Deb, the owner has a great shipping method that helps make the roots easy to plant. the vines, service, expertise are all top notch.
highly recommended as a source and resource for clematis.
On Apr 17, 2009, Sharkey Marianna, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:
A few weeks ago, I ordered Princess Diana and Avant Garde from Debbie. I had read many positive comments in various threads on the Clem forum about Debbie and her plants. I couldn't believe how quickly I received the plants from Washington (I'm in Florida.) I can't begin to express how excited I was at the high quality of the plants. The root systems were unbelievable.
In addition, Debbie was very prompt in answering my e-mail in which I asked numerous questions about planting. I immediately learned to love her because of her sense of humor and personality. Her passion for her trade is very obvious.
Since then she has answered another e-mail in which I had additional questions and I plan to order even more from her. I can't remember a night in the last month that I haven't spent time at her beautiful website. I only wish I didn't live so far away from her because I would LOVE to visit her vinery and meet her in person.
I HIGHLY recommend ordering clematis from her.
On May 1st, 2009, Sharkey added the following:
I just received my second order from Silver Star. I got the same great service and wonderful clem vines as I did the first time. On May 17th, 2009, Sharkey added the following:
I received my third order from Debbie this week and the plants are already in the ground. I received the same amazing service and beautiful mature root systems. This is definitely the place to order clematis. Debbie is obviously a very special person.
She is happy to answer any questions you have as well.
On Jan 26, 2009, frahnzone5 Bensenville, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:
Fanatastic plants and excellent customer service. In 2008 I bought two Clematis 'Embers' . This was a new red, herbaceous cultivar that turned out to be a very weak performer. One died within two weeks of receipt and the other hung on until fall before giving up the ghost. I contacted Debbie and she said this cultivar had definitely not lived up to it's hype and immediately gave me credit for both plants. I am happy to report I just used my credit to purchase two new clematis for delivery in spring 2009. Her nursery is always my first choice for clematis.
On Oct 16, 2008, Kimcoco33 Milwaukee, WI (Zone 5b) wrote:
To say that Debbie is fantastic is an understatement.
Top notch service. Debbie spent over an hour on the phone with me answering questions I had about clematis (I'm a newbie to the clematis world), and gave me a wealth of valuable information and personalized advice that I wasn't able to get from popular garden forums or other vendors.
When you order from Debbie, rest assured you are a valued customer and not just a number.
Debbie's plants are healthy with EXCELLENT root systems, packaged wonderfully for shipment.
I've ordered from Debbie several times, and will definitely be back for future orders. She is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to clematis care.
I highly recommend Silver Star Vinery for valued customer service, quality of goods, comparable pricing, excellent packaging, prompt shipping, but most of all for the personalized service that just can't be beat.
Silver Star Vinery is at the top of my list for clematis vendors.
On Sep 18, 2008, Rajl East Providence, RI (Zone 6b) wrote:
I am extremely demanding of the nurseries from which I purchase plants. I am happy to say that Silver Star Vinery is a first class, ~independent~ clematis nursery from which I definitely plan to order from again.
I ordered a 'Barbara Harrington' and a 'Jackmanii' and was sent extremely healthy plants with (most importantly) a very well established, vigorous root system for planting this Fall season. Shipping was very fast and the plants were nicely packaged. They are now flourishing above ground and I am confident that they are establishing themselves below for winter. I had ordered a 'Purpurea Plena Elegans' clematis from another online nursery in the past and these Silver Star plants were far superior to what I received from them. Silver Star offers an extraordinary selection of Clematis cultivars and a wealth of clematis information online.
You will deal personally with a very pleasant nursery owner who is extremely knowledgeable, loves Clematis and clearly wants people to enjoy these plants for themselves.
I ordered my first ever clematis from Debbie at Silver Star Vinery on 8/16/08 (Claire De Lune and Niobe). They arrived promptly and I followed Debbie's planting and watering instructions carefully. As Debbie predicted, the plants lost a few leaves immediately after planting (the 100 degree heat wave didn't help) but one month later they are both thriving! I'm amazed at the new growth and vigor! They are already well on their way up the trellis. This was my first experience ordering plants online and I'm 100% satisfied.
On October 28th, 2008, cindy_l added the following:
Update 10/27/08. The Claire De Lune is now blooming! Very lovely clematis!
On Jun 30, 2008, AnnieJo (Annie ) in Austin, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:
As a new clematis gardener, I really appreciate when someone takes the time to answer my questions. I know companies must get the same questions time after time, but Debbie answered each one of them completely and quite often with humor. The plants have been in amazing shape when I receive them with great root systems. Although I am new to clematis, I am not new to ordering plants via the mail and these are way above average! I have ordered three sets of plants from her and I will continue to order more.
Absolutely wonderful dealings with Diane from start to end, The plants arrived in exceptional quality and they are thriving quite nicely, given a few more weeks I know there's gonna be beautiful colors amidst our gardens.
Will definatley order again. Outstanding service and products.
World Class!!! Absolutely delighted with the huge, happy, healthy plants and the smart, funny, dedicated gardener who grows them to such perfection.
No greenhouse whimps here who faint out in the garden. Debbie calls these "ghetto clems". "They know about bugs, rain, snow, wind, strong sun. They have done it all already. Not this sheltered greenhouse life for them." So true! These are strong plants vibrant with growth.
Discovered Silver Star Vinery from the rave reviews here. A week of emails honing my choices & 8 plants shipped out to arrive on my doorstep cross-country two days later. They look like they came from next door - fresh & moist & heavy. The shipping is incredibly low - $10 priority mail for a flat rate box that holds 2 plants of this heft & quality. The Buy 3 get 1 Free sale currently running means that 2 of these 8 plants came for just the $10 total to mail them. And such superb plants! I didn't think I could find clems like these for love or money.
Debbie's love, and her mother's, shine in these clems.
One of the 8 she didn't cut back, trusting me to do so. Sixteen open blooms on three two-foot stems unfurled from their damp newspaper wrap to make my heart beat double-time. My husband even forgave my clem indulgence when he saw that beauty!
Thank you! to all the generous gardeners who led me to Silver Star Vinery. Silver Star gets all gold stars from me!
On May 29, 2008, flowerluvr Bourbon, IN (Zone 5a) wrote:
WOW! I ordered 4 clematis from Debbie, and found the communication great. The plants arrived and I couldn't believe the size-just awesome. By far, the best looking mail order plants I've ever gotten. I'm sure I'll be ordering from her again in the future......just as soon as I figure out where to put more clematis! Thanks, Debbie!
My first order from Silver Star arrived today in perfect condition. The root balls on the two clematis I bought are bigger than my head! I appreciated the detailed planting and care instructions on their website.
On May 16, 2008, diamond123 Toledo, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:
WoW! my plants just arrived and am I amazed at the root ball. I have been buying clematis for a few years and Debbie at silver star vinery is the best so far. You can't go wrong ordering from this nursery. Now I will be ordering more.
Thanks Debbie! a wonderful experience doing business with you.
I ordered two clematis from this company and was amazed at the extensive root system! I can't wait to see them grow and will never order clematis from anyone else! I love the personal touch from Debbie's e-mails.
On May 1, 2008, figaro52 Oak Lawn, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:
I ordered a Comtesse de Bouchaud on Monday and received it on Wednesday -- nearly 2000 miles away! Excellent service! This was my second time ordering from Debbie at Silver Star. The vine had a huge root ball -- even larger than the ones I ordered last fall. The green was very healthy with no signs of stress. It's so refreshing to know that there's a real person at the other end who takes good care of both her customers and her vines! Thank you, Debbie!
On May 1, 2008, DigMontana Libby, MT (Zone 4b) wrote:
I ordered some clematis from Silver Star Vinery last year and was so happy with the plants that I ordered more this spring. I recieved my clematis today and they were excellent. I recieved my plants two days after recieving email that they were on there way. I'm impressed with the great root system on these clematis. The plants were also very healthy.
On Apr 17, 2008, BeaHive Dallas, OR (Zone 8a) wrote:
I have never been happier to see a company who actually has fantastic customer service & beautiful,healthy clematis! Wow! Debbie has been so considerate by sending e-mails to advise on my order. The first two arrived the next day. I was so surprised. The plants were safely packaged and arrive in fantastic shape. They were very large with a heathy root system. I would recommend this company for the customer service alone...not to forget Debbie. Wonderful!
An A+ in my book...
Debbie was very responsive and gave me lots of information about growing clematis in addition to communicating about my order. I ordered two vines and they both arrived exactly when she said they would, very well packaged and in great condition. Amazing, well-developed root systems! One even has a bud on it! I planted them per her directions and they both appear super healthy and ready to grow. Can't wait to see the blooms. I will definitely purchase from Silver Star again and would recommend them to anyone wanting to further their Clematis addiction.
I have ordered several Clematis from Debbie. They have all had the healthiest, most massive root systems I have ever seen with healthy, thick, multiple stems. She trims them back before shipping to ensure they produce even more stems after they are planted. Several of her Clematis have bloomed twice for me the same year they were planted, grew up 5 and 6 foot fences and vined over into my roses, truly a spectacular sight. I even had one that I let scramble through my perennial bed and it looked awesome, throwing up blooms with several other plants. I can't say enough about how impressed I am with the quality of her Clematis, the planting instructions and Debbies dedication to her customers. I have ordered from 6 other Clematis suppliers through the years and after I ordered from Debbie, I have not ordered from anyone else. I give Debbie 10 stars and two thumbs up.
I have to say, regarding a negative post here, that I have no doubt the Clematis died as a result of over-watering. You can grow hundreds of Clematis and still have the capability of "Loving'' (WATERING) them to death. In my experience, even though Clematis love water, you can over water them and kill them when they are newly planted. I know this from experience because I have killed them myself this way. I have dug them up to find the stems and roots rotted away. Once I backed off on the water a little, I was fine.
I look forward to doing future business with this spectacular lady and her gorgeous Clematis!!
I ordered from Silver Star at least four times last year and each and every time I received outstanding plants. I have ordered clematis from several different companies and I have NEVER received plants like I did from Silver Star. I sent several emails asking questions about my clematis and I always received extensive email back with very helpful information. I urge everyone to order from Silver Star!!!!
On Oct 31, 2007, juanwillis Winchester, MA (Zone 6a) wrote:
I was *really* impressed with the two Clematis that I ordered from Debbie this past year--beautiful one-gallon root systems, vastly superior to what I received from other well-reviewed Clematis suppliers. Debbie was also super-friendly in my interactions with her. I'll definitely check Silver Star's catalog first when ordering Clematis in the future!
I was told that Debbie had wonderful clematis so I ordered 4 from her. When I got them I was not at all impressed with them the root system was not at all what I expected and they did not look good at all. I went ahead and planted them. I keep watering them with my others and checking them out. Well one make it out of the four. I emailed her sereral times telling her that 3 of them had died. She finally emailed me back telling me I must have watered them to much. I have over 100 clematis so I must be doing something right. So I kept emailing her asking here if she was going to replace them. I finally got another email telling me that she had a 48 hour guarantee and that she was not going to replace them. I am so unhappy and upset with this. I will never orde from Debbie again. She came highly recommended but for me it was a bad experience.
Just planted my second order of clematis from Debbie. Fabulous plants- great packing- low shipping costs. I couldn't be happier with my plants. Debbie's enthusiasm an extra bonus. Order from Debbie!
(No, I am not her mother or any other relative.)
On Jul 31, 2007, pajaritomt Los Alamos, NM (Zone 5a) wrote:
Ordered and received two clematis from Silver Star Vinery for the very first time. I had ordered clematis from other mail order houses in the past. Silver Star's were larger and much less expensive than the ones I mail ordered from other places and than those from a local nursery. Also her selection is huge and her documentation is excellent. This will be my clematis nursery of choice from now on.
On May 29, 2007, wallis104 Middle River, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:
Gosh I so wish I could give Debbie an "Exceeding Positive" rating..........
I've always had "Clematis envy"..... I'd walk past peoples' mailboxes and wonder how in the world they could have such beautiful Clematis...... I actually think I had a fear of these beautiful plants.....
A friend on another gardening website recommended Silver Star Vinery......... I ordered 6 plants last year....... Oh My Goodness - you should see them this year....... I can't even begin to count the number of blossoms on each vine...... AND - I now have neighbors stopping and looking at "my" Clematis.
I'm excited about the 2 new vines I've just received this past week.
From the first phone conversation or e-mail, you'll feel like Debbie is a friend...... She has the most incredible memory and can't do enough to make sure you're happy with your plants.
This quote is taken from Debbie's website - "I see my motherís hand at work everyday in my life while working in my Clematis Nursery, which I dedicate to her:
Rose Marie Marosi"............
Debbie - thank you so much for caring about your customers and your beautiful Clematis. Your incredible plants truly show the love you feel for them...... and I'm reminded of both you and your mom as I forever stand in awe and admire their beauty.
On May 27, 2007, LucyGoose Schererville, IN (Zone 5a) wrote:
I can't say enough about SSV!! Debbie is great!! This is the 2nd time that I ordered from her. Plants are huge! There was one that she didn't have out of the 7 I ordered....Debbie replaced it with something else and added another one for free to boot!! I even called her and she helped me out picking for my zone here...I got a little mixed up trying to figure out what I ordered and what she sent but Debbie got it all straightened out...LOL....I love chatting with her! Great person!! I will always recommend her to others....I give her *5 Stars*!!
On June 13th, 2008, LucyGoose added the following:
Again, I have ordered from Debbie this year! Same great big roots and once I get my pruning down pat, (she is making sure I do for next year...hehe) I will for sure have the biggest in my area......LOL.....I call Debbie to ask questions and she is ALWAYS helpful!! And, I just love chatting......She is like an old friend.....well, she is my friend.....LOL.....You should for sure get her plants!! I just got a friend here in my town to order as she is having the buy 3 get one free....so, I get 2 more coming!! I can't wait till she sees the roots!!!