Roses don't fare well here in our NW Florida area, either - with Knockout roses being the exception - all the others in my yard have just gotten black spot and literally melted! I'm getting ready to pull them out and put them in the trash - such a waste of good money!
I've resisted buying any roses here, they just never seem to do well that I've seen. Most of the ones sold here are actually grown in the highlands of Mexico and brought in and sold before the heat and humidity get to them. The ones that I have seen growing sort of well, great for here but not so great if you are from somewhere they really thrive, are climbers at a nursery and they are under shade cloth. I haven't seen one yet in someone's yard that didn't have powdery mildew and was sparse with small blooms.
Don't know much about roses but I do know that they don't go well with heat and humidity. Often we get southerners moving up here wanting to grow roses. The only ones they sometimes manage to keep going for a while are what's called "floribunda roses", a small variety.
while in Miami, I've had several roses. Bad thing was that I bought them from HD, and they were sick to start with. However, constant care and spraying for black spot (that was my problem) kept everything under control. I only had fragrant roses: Angel Face (my favorite, for it's unbelievable color and scent), Garden Party (very fragrant), Don Juan (Fragrant), Gold Medal (fragrant), Strike it rich (fragrant), Chicago Peace (has some fragrance, but weaker than the others, BUT was the most vigorous, the healthiest overall, and the most disease-resistant in my conditions), Mirandi (fragrant). I didn't like Mirandi too much, because it sent blind shots quite frequently, but when it bloomed, it was gorgeous! My gardening friend (also in Miami, we lived in the same house for 3 years) has Oklahoma (fragrant red) and a few he grew from cuttings from mine.
Miami is 10b, as I remember, and I had all these roses in pots (nematode problems with the soil for all Florida).
Melissa, last time I looked at Vintage Gardens, they had Fragrant Cloud! Available. They also have Angel Face, my favorite above others.
Whatever you do, do not succumb into temptation, do not buy roses from box-stores! They are doomed to be sick, I learned from my own mistakes (repeated mistakes, mind you) and it's a struggle from the beginning.
I don't know about other rose nurseries, but Vintage gardens has a promotion right now (just received an email from them), LMK if you want details.
Ha, no box stores here. I am even leery of buying from the small nurseries that import from?? I've seen a Weeks lable, not good. That virus is awful. You spend the money, do everything right, and the rose just withers away over two or three years. It's the virus, not the gardener.
OK, off I go to drool over roses, heehee. Thanks for the heads-up!