Need suggestions....help please
I've got kind of a special request and I'm hoping for some help. My wife carried a big black magic bouquet at our wedding and I want to keep a rose that's as close of an imposter to Black magic as possible.
We're hoping to close on a house here so I'll FINALLY be able to start getting serious about my collection and be able to grow a rose just for her. I always thought I lived in 5b but apparently I'm 6a and really want to do this for her.
Anyway I know that Black Magic is a zone 7 kind of plant so I was hoping to find an imposter or a darn near carbon copy. I'm really after something that looks just like she carried down the isle but be a bit more zone friendly.
I'm not afraid to try to push the zone a bit but I'm not sure if I'd have much luck given what I've already read about Black Magic not being the strongest variety to begin with. Besides the novelty would wear off if I have to keep replacing it. ;)
I've done some homework and found Deep Secret which looks the part but buying on a single picture I'm sure will come back to bite me.
I was hoping to make it a surprise for my wife. Even if I can't order it this year, I want to get it ordered for next year and ammend/prep the ground this year.
I'm starting to go cross eyed from looking at all the dark red varieties. I really appreciate any help on this I can get.