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Positive Twonewfs
(18 reviews)
On May 24, 2007, Twonewfs Belgium, WI (Zone 5a) wrote:

I have been buying my clematis from another mail order clematis specialty nursery and have been very pleased. In fact I even stated in a review that I'd never buy a clematis from anyone else. Well, never say never. After reading the glowing reviews here on the clematis board, I tried Debbie at Silver Star Vinery. Not only did she help answer my questions and happily completely change my order after I ordered with haste and changed my mind, but she shipped them exactly when I requested and it only took two days for them to get to Wisconsin from Washington. The mail man WEDGED the box in the mailbox and I practically needed a crowbar to get it out but the plants were none the worse for the wear.

They are extremely large with incredible root systems. I can't wait to see how they grow out. I had ordered one of the same varieties I ordered from my Debbie earlier this year from another company (have not received it yet) because I decided I needed two and it will be interesting to see how it compares to what I received from Debbie (for much less money by the way).

I think I've found a new favorite clematis nursery.

On May 15th, 2008, Twonewfs added the following:

Just received this year's order shared between my mom and I. Another huge success. The Princess Di was not as big as Debbie's plants usually are and Debbie made SURE we knew that before she sent it, offering to keep it and grow it up a little more before she shipped. The care this woman puts into her plants is almost awe-inspiring.

Oh, and the plants I received last year are absolutely thriving.
On May 28th, 2009, Twonewfs added the following:

Ordered again this year. More beautiful clematis. All of the clematis from previous years are thriving, particularly the Guernsey Cream from 2007 which is going gangbusters. I'll always be back.
Positive larlienda
(35 reviews)
On Apr 19, 2007, larlienda Strasburg, VA (Zone 6b) wrote:

I received my clematis from Debbie yesterday. They were packed very well & one was even in bloom for a nice treat!
Communication was great throughout and i can't recommend highly enough!


Positive KaperC
(11 reviews)
On Apr 18, 2007, KaperC No. San Diego Co., CA (Zone 10b) wrote:

My order arrived from Debbie today and I'm very impressed. I have never received such well established plants mail order before. They were perfectly packed and delivered as promised. Wish I could order more plants from such a great grower.

Positive Mike_PNW_Z7
(4 reviews)
On Apr 1, 2007, Mike_PNW_Z7 Stanwood, WA wrote:

Debbie was very helpful. She even had ties on some of the plants to mark planting depth. The plants I got were very well priced and had large robust root systems. I buy a lot of mail order plants and this company is one of the best. Very nice selection as well.

Positive buddyweiser
(1 review)
On Mar 14, 2007, buddyweiser Salem, OR wrote:

I ordered several clematis from Silver Star Vinery. I highly recommend this mail order clematis nursery. Debbie is just great......very personable and willing to help and give advise about anything clematis. I felt like she was my friend from the first contact and her plants are amazing. Big and healthy!!! Check out the website!

Positive wanda22
(2 reviews)
On Mar 9, 2007, wanda22 San Jose, CA wrote:

I would highly recommend Silver Star Vinery to anyone interested in Clematis. Her vines are healthy and the root systems are very large. I ordered from her last fall and was extremely impressed. I just received 2 new vines from my spring order and they were of the same quality. It was a partial order, but she keeps you well informed by e-mail. The others were not shipped because she felt they were not quite up to quality and is holding them back a bit until they meet her excellent standard.
Great customer service, robust healthy vines and good prices too. A first rate mail order company!

Positive bloominganne
(3 reviews)
On Mar 7, 2007, bloominganne Atlanta, GA wrote:

My experience with Silver Star Vinery was excellent. Debbie is easy to communicate with, offers help and I instantly felt a friendship with her. She really cares about her customers and her plants.

Then the plants arrived - wow, are they big and healty. I had been told by a previous customer that the clematis would have big root systems and still they exceeded my expectations. Debbie emailed me to let me know when my plants would arrive and they arrived right on schedule. Her packaging ensured the plants arrived with a minimum of stress. The roots and the emerging vines are all protected by careful packing and each vine is clearly identified.

I will not hesitate to recommend Silver Star Vinery to my gardening friends. I look forward to returning to the excellent website with beautiful pictures to buy some more clematis. The wide range of clematis varieties offered have me wanting to start a collection since I now have a reliable source for these lovely flowers. Mail order doesn't get any better than this!

Positive PhoenixUC
(1 review)
On Nov 9, 2006, PhoenixUC Union City, CA wrote:

I just bought 7 clematis from Debbie. The plants were very healthy and had BIG root balls. Debbie was very helpful and responded very promptly all my questions. Strongly recommended!

Positive kbedit
(16 reviews)
On Oct 27, 2006, kbedit Arvada, CO wrote:

Because of other gardener's rave comments here, I immediately went to the Silver Star Vinery Web site. I've heard quite a bit about shrub clematis over the last year or two and decided to see what Silver Star had to offer. I fell in love with the Hakuree integrifolia and placed an order. Debbie is absolutely terrific. She confirmed my order within an hour and kept me informed about delivery every step of the way. I received the plant on the day she promised delivery. The plant is very healthy, with quite a large root ball. After mentioning to her that this was my first clematis, she continued to e-mail me with invaluable planting information and plant maintenance tips. This is one unusually fine business and business owner.

Positive downscale_babe
(23 reviews)
On Oct 20, 2006, downscale_babe surfside beach, SC (Zone 8b) wrote:

Another GREAT review for Debbie and the Silver Start Vinery!
Having read about this nursery on the Vine and Climber forum (later Clematis forum),I was eager to place an order.I am as happy as all the others who have ordered from her.

Positive netwiz
(1 review)
On Sep 28, 2006, netwiz York, PA wrote:

I'm a novice gardener and Debbie helped me choose the perfect varieties for my garden. She answered all of my questions quickly and with detailed information. The plants arrived with huge root systems and looked very healthy. She even marked the vines so I would be sure to plant them deep enough. I won't buy clematis from anyone else.

Positive baja220
(5 reviews)
On Sep 28, 2006, baja220 Tulsa, OK (Zone 6b) wrote:

I've just received my second order from Debbie and they are outstanding plants. The root systems are huge!! And customer service is just fantastic. Thanks Debbie!!

Positive Desertdenial5
(26 reviews)
On Sep 22, 2006, Desertdenial5 Tolleson, AZ (Zone 9a) wrote:

This was one of the best experiences I have ever had ordering by mail.
Debbie is an outstanding person. She took the time to answer my questions and make sure that I new how to take care of my new purchases.
I will order from her again and I will recommend to al of my friends interested in clematis.
The clematis were packed perfectly for shipping and were extremely healthy looking.

Positive tbuff
(37 reviews)
On Sep 21, 2006, tbuff Nellysford, VA (Zone 6a) wrote:

I cannot say enough good things about the owner and this nursery. I was a relative novice with clematis wishing to build a small collection. Debbie gave outstanding advice in helping me make my selections as well as going above and beyond to provide cultural tips. She grows the plants and evaluates their hardiness and does not bother with those that do not perform. Debbie is a pleasure to deal with, responsive, and has a passion for what she does. I echo past postings-the plants I received had fantastic root systems and were carefully packaged. Debbie actually refused to sell me a couple because she was not satisfied with the root systems on the plants. Having been a grower for 30 years, I can say that the customer service of this nursery is second to none and I would not bother ordering from anyone else after this experience.

On September 28th, 2006, tbuff added the following:

Was so pleased with the first order that I ordered 6 more the day after the first group arrived. The second order just arrived and they are just as nice as the first-some even had blooms on them. Some of the clematis I received in the first order have already produced new blooms-very vigorous plants.
Positive lauriwilson
(2 reviews)
On Sep 13, 2006, lauriwilson Caistor,
United Kingdom (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is a 5 star place to get your Clematis!! They arrived bareroot and not a leaf was damaged, and the root system is great and still moist. Talking to Debbie is like talking to an old friend and very helpful, even sending an e-mail with planting instructions..I will order all my Clematis from no one else.

On September 14th, 2006, lauriwilson added the following:

LOL in my excitement of receiving these plants I said *bareroot* they are not. The plants are carefully removed from 1 gallon pots and packed and shipped with dirt and arrived in great shape.... Lauri
Positive se_eds
(23 reviews)
On Sep 7, 2006, se_eds Millersburg, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

I just received four very large gallon sized clematis vines from Debbie. Dealing with her was like dealing with an old friend, She is very knowledgeable about clematis and is willing to share her expertise. She had them packaged in such a way that not a leaf was damaged - one vine bore open flowers ( it was marked "Open me First". ) Imagine my joy at seeing what was to be! These plants traveled across the U.S. and looked like they were just dug. Will order from her again.

On March 22nd, 2007, se_eds added the following:

3--20-07 Just received 4 more big beautiful clematis from Debbie. I am so pleased with the way she packs her plants. Each vine must have come from a gallon pot, with a good solid root ball and new growth starting from the tops. I am amazed at the good quality of her plants. This is an A#1 place for clematis.
Positive galtx
(7 reviews)
On Aug 10, 2006, galtx Galveston, TX wrote:

I received four plants from Debbie today and the roots were amazing. The packing was excellent and the friendly planting advice and customer care outstanding. She is a great person to do business with.

On September 24th, 2006, galtx added the following:

Contacted Debbie regarding the purchase of additional clematis plants. Upon her excellent advice, I ordered 4 plants and they arrived in beautiful condition (one was blooming in the box, another has now bloomed and the others have buds getting ready to open). A very happy experience and highly recommended!
Positive McCormickHome
(7 reviews)
On May 31, 2006, McCormickHome Van Nuys, CA wrote:

I received two marvelous clematis from the owner. She was highly responsive and informative during our email exchange. The clemmies had huge roots and are growing strong. Will be ordering more from her in the fall.

Positive pondgaly
(2 reviews)
On May 28, 2006, pondgaly delano, PA (Zone 5b) wrote:

Debbie is the most gifted,knowledgable Clematis grower I have ever made contact with. She has her business so organized, she should give lessons to many of the majors out there boasting about themselves.Everyone out there should order from her to gaze in total AWE at the root systems. At present 4 of her healthy children are now in my garden and many,many of their siblings will follow. Don't deny yourselfs, you'll be missing out on something wonderful.From ordering to planting the e-mails back and forth made it the most fun planting project I have ever done Pondgaly

Positive wha
(5 reviews)
On May 19, 2006, wha Pepperell, MA (Zone 6a) wrote:

I originally was referred to SilverStar Vinery by comments here at DG. I was trying to order a Josephine clematis that I had seen in a catalog. The web site noted it was out of stock. After looking at the pictures of the plant sizes and huge root systems I went ahead and ordered two other plants and ordered the Josephine from Wayside. After placing my order I recieved a very nice thank you note back from clematisdebbie via e-mail. Not just an order confirmation. I mentioned it was too bad about the Josephine being out of stock I immediately received a response that she had just found that there were a few left. After receiving the Wayside plant I was disappointed by it's size, it would be years before it would be mature. So I went ahead and ordered it (and another) from Debbie . If I could post a comparison picture of the two clematis no one would go anywhere else to buy a clematis. Debbie is a pleasure to do business with and very helpful with advice, like dealing with a close friend. Ten star rating!!!!!!!!!!!

Positive bellarosa9966
(5 reviews)
On May 13, 2006, bellarosa9966 Woodstock, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

This is a great mailorder company! Debbie is awesome! This was my first time ordering from Debbie and I can say that I was very impressed. The clematis I received had HUGE rootballs, were very well packaged and reasonably priced. Her website is great too! She has wonderful pictures of all her clematis offerings including many hard to find clematis varieties and if there's something you don't see on the website, you can send her an email and she will find it for you. Debbie, you were great to deal with and I will definitely be ordering from you again. P.S. Also, a special thanks to all the folks at the Garden Forum who recommended Debbie to me! Thanks Miguel!

Positive twotzus
(1 review)
On May 12, 2006, twotzus San Diego, CA wrote:

Absolutely the best clematis I have ever ordered online. Huge rootballs! And carefully packed. You won't find anyone friendlier or more helpful than Debbie. She has my highest recommendation and I don't give those lightly. You will not be disappointed!

Positive Chills
(20 reviews)
On May 6, 2006, Chills Saint Clair Shores, MI (Zone 6b) wrote:

After reading through the experiences others have had with Debbie and Silver Star, I decided to place an order. I chose two clematis that I have wanted for a while. I had previously ordered one of the two (last year) from another nursery. The clematis Silver Star shipped was so much better established that I doubt the previous one I had planted would have been as large had it survived. The rootball was HUGE, I can't imagine that it was previously contained in a 1 gal container. The other plant was also well rooted, better than any other clematis I have ordered from another nursery, just not to the degree of the first one. I would recommend Debbie's plants to anyone.

I hope her business grows and her quality never diminishes!

Positive irishbelle
(9 reviews)
On Apr 30, 2006, irishbelle Orange County, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:

Silver Star Vinery and Debbie, the owner, are the very reason why I prefer to buy from smaller, independent companies. The entire purchasing process was a pleasure. To begin with, the website is well laid out with clear, easy-to-understand information (not to mention lovely pictures). Debbie was very responsive to all of my e-mails. Ordering from Silver Star Vinery feels like ordering from a friend who just happens to own an excellent clematis nursery. The personal attention is almost worth the price alone. Speaking of price, Silver Stary's prices and shipping charges were much more attractive than what I paid last year from a different clematis specialty retailer. Of course, at the end of the day, it is all about the plants. I could not have been more pleased. The root systems were enormous and healthy. The packaging was ingeniously practical and secure -- it just goes to show that fancy isn't always the best. Debbie also wrote little personal notes with special instruction on some of the plants. My order shipped on a Tuesday from Washington state, and I received them on Thursday. I didn't get around to unboxing them until Sunday (sorry Debbie), and still, they could not have been in better shape. The whole experience was one of excellence.

Positive ineedacupoftea
(15 reviews)
On Apr 29, 2006, ineedacupoftea Denver, CO wrote:

She is friendly and will E-mail with you, answer questions and share her knowledge and experience. I also received excellent roots that are now fast becoming a big vine...
Thanks, Debbie!

Positive Demstratt
(3 reviews)
On Apr 25, 2006, Demstratt Lincoln Park, MI (Zone 5a) wrote:

I ordered from Debbie and was really pleased with my order..By far her's are the BEST..I could'nt believe the root system..Once planted in my garden they have already grown a foot plus have blooms..


On September 30th, 2006, Demstratt added the following:

Bought 4 more from Debbie and once more huge healthy some of them had buds and flowers...Thanks Debbie for taking such pride on your Clematis and having such a good selection...!!
Positive Nigella
(23 reviews)
On Apr 25, 2006, Nigella Wilmington,
United States wrote:

I got two huge, healthy, fantastic plants from Debbie. I will, no doubt, buy from her in the future.

Positive nckvilledude2
(4 reviews)
On Apr 21, 2006, nckvilledude2 Kernersville, NC (Zone 7a) wrote:

The plants I received from Debbie at Silver Star Vinery were the absolute best in size and price that I have ever received from any other clematis source I have ordered from--and I have ordered from many different sources over the years. The fact that she offers so many unusual and hard to find clematis is a plus as is her very hospitable personality. Thanks for the superb plants Debbie!

Positive loge40
(1 review)
On Apr 12, 2006, loge40 Eastham, MA wrote:

I ordered four vines and am very pleased, okay actually thrilled! They were bursting with healthy roots and had very nice strong top growth too. Debbie was so nice to do business with, I actually ordered on a Friday and the vines were delivered the next Wednesday,and they traveled cross country. If you are looking for clematis look here first!

Positive gldandrews
(1 review)
On Mar 24, 2006, gldandrews Andrews, NC (Zone 6a) wrote:

WOW!!!! Amazed at the size and health of the Clematis that I received. Debbie was just wonderful and spoke as if she had known me all my life. Will order from no other.


Positive declfi
(30 reviews)
On Mar 22, 2006, declfi Fenton, MO (Zone 6b) wrote:

Great service (Fast Shipping ) Nice 1 gallon plants at reasonable prices .

Positive Pinetucky
(46 reviews)
On Mar 9, 2006, Pinetucky Swainsboro, GA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Five stars for Silver Star Vinery. The clematis plants I received are wonderful, so healthy and with huge roots. They were well packed and still moist. These are the nicest-looking clematis I have ever purchased. Debbie provided great assistance in choosing plants to combine. She also notified me when the plants shipped. I highly recommend Silver Star Vinery.

On March 15th, 2007, Pinetucky added the following:

Just received another wonderful order from Silver Star Vinery - large healthy clematis plants in excellent condition. Again, Debbie provided great advice when I was trying to finalize my choices. She is the best! Nobody provides better plants or provides better service. You cannot go wrong with Silver Star Vinery.
Positive ahelms
(42 reviews)
On Mar 8, 2006, ahelms Kannapolis, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

I just can't say enough good things about Silver Star Vinery. The plants are absolutely the bigest, nicest plants I've ever bought at such a reasonable price. Debbie is super nice and helpful. The plants are very well packaged. You can't go wrong buying your Clematis from Silver Star Vinery.

Positive nikki_conway
(8 reviews)
On Mar 3, 2006, nikki_conway Ellicott City, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:

I ordered 5 clematis only having 1 other experience buying clematis online. Well, I was pleasantly surprised how huge the root systems were. More than three times the size of the other place from last year. For much less money also. The place last year sent 4" pots for 20-25$ plus shipping. These were much less, less shipping, and got here twice as fast. These from Silver Star Vinery were bare root and had to be put in 2 gal pots!! Huge difference. Also good one on one customer care. If they don't have a type I want, I'll ask them to get it before I order from another place. Nikki Conway MD

Positive KimberlyinNC
(2 reviews)
On Mar 2, 2006, KimberlyinNC Marshall, NC wrote:

To bad you can't rate the experience better than positive.Debbie is such a nice person, very easy to deal with. These are the best plants I have ever ordered and I've ordered from everywhere. The plants are priced right and shipping is "dare I say" cheap. Great job!!

Positive Shirley1md
(4 reviews)
On Feb 28, 2006, Shirley1md Ellicott City, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:

Fantastic selection of hard-to-find and new Clematis offered in the U.S.! All the plants have extremely well developed root systems that are bursting out of their 1 gallon containers! The plants can be planted directly into your garden without waiting for the root system to grow larger! A big plus in my book!! Debbie (the owner) is extremely knowlegeable about Clematis & gives each patron a lot of t.l.c., when it comes to caring for, growing, pruning, & selecting individual species. As far as I'm concerned, Silver Star Vinery is #1 in my book when it comes to buying & selecting new Clematis!!

Positive JeanneTX
(4 reviews)
On Feb 28, 2006, JeanneTX Willis, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Debbie at Silver Star Vinery has the Best Clematis I have ever ordered from anyone. The Rootsystem, which we Clematis loves KNOWS are the most important thing on this plant are HUGE!!...She is also very knowledgeable and helpful..I shan't ever order from anyone else and I know once you have bought one of her Clematis Neither will you....Jeanne

Positive cezhart
(1 review)
On Feb 27, 2006, cezhart Kearney, MO wrote:

I was really excited to find this site. It's the largest selection that I have ever seen of Clematis. The pictures are really good & so was the "Care" page so I know how to take care of my vine. I had a couple of questions & I received friendly helpful answers in a very timely manner. I was also pleased with the pricing. Nurseries in my area couldn't compete, even with the shipping.

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