I've been lurking for some time, but this is my first post, so please forgive any unwitting breach of etiquette I may commit.
I've been looking to expand my rose garden this year, (and have already ordered a DA William Shakespeare rosebush, about which I am so totally excited, but that's beside the point).
I kind of want to take a risk on one of the "black" roses, er, basically because they look so very cool. I am given to understand that they're not super-hardy cultivars, though? I *did* manage to keep an Angel Face and a Double Delight alive last year, and they're total blackspot magnets, especially here in Massachusetts, so I *am* at least a patient person. :P
I guess the two cultivars I'm really looking at are Black Magic and Black Baccara, and I'd like to know the relative merits (if any) of either when grown in the Northeast, or any other roses in this color family that you would recommend instead. I live in the suburbs of Boston, which places me at a zone 6 or a 7a, depending on the effects of global warming in a given year.
Any help you could provide (or any pics you could provide) would be amazing!
Thank you so much!!