I chose OGRs and Species...they seem to do best in my climate, and I'm not a fussy gardener, so refuse to baby anything.
I do have some English roses and love the look of ramblers and climbers...I'm all about fragrance and tough plants.
Here's my Abraham Darby...one of my favorite Austin roses
I love all kinds of roses for different reasons. I like my climbers because they're dependable, hardy, & provide a huge splash of color. I like my species roses because of the unique foliage & hips. I like The Fairy for it's hardiness & ease to propogate. My hybrids for their color variety, availability, & fitting into small spaces. I like the landscape shrubs because they have such a long bloom season & are low maintenance. The supposedly easiest roses to grow; rugosas; looked good for about 2 years & died. They were my biggest disappointment. I believe that our city mosquito spray truck could have unintentionally did them in.
I like floribundas and David Austin roses. I like repeating blooms and I haven't tried growing DA's yet but I love how packed with petals they are. Always looking for short and non sprawling for my tiny space or containers.
I had great success with three mini roses from the stop and shop markdown rack last summer. They bloomed gangbusters over the season in containers. I am hoping they last through this weird winter and come back next spring. I don't have a lot of soil for big roses and my hilltop is kinda windy for them also. but I love em all!
I'm not overly fond of roses. Perhaps its my climate, but I find them to be a very needy plant, much more trouble than they are worth (to me). I have a small smattering of various types and have had the best luck with resistant florabundas so checked that box. I admire those who can grow healthy roses; I'm just not one of them. That said, here's one of my favorites, Chicago Peace, which I threaten to rip out every year... until it blooms, then all is forgiven.
The Rose Garden at the RBG in Hamilton, Ontario is a really great place. They have all kinds of roses bred for the great northern climate. We were there in June the time we went and it was a fabulous display. So too the roses at the Jardin Botanique in Montreal. There are interesting rose gardens all around the Northeast area. I would check out the roses in the ones closest to where you live on the theory that if it grows for them, it could grow for you. Norfolk Botanic Garden, NY Botanic Garden and the US Botanic Garden all have great rose displays. the one in Norfolk is really huge. There are others. Check them out this summer.
I pretty much only have rugosas in the ground; they will return. I agree that for us they are more trouble than they are worth. I envy those who can grow them down south. They are so lovely and smell wonderful
Due to the lack of success in my own garden, I freely go out and enjoy other people's roses. Sniff them as if they were my own! I love roses, I just don't have the set up to grow them successfully. Hence the botanic gardens.
Austins all the way, woot, woot! Last year I put in 30-35 of them. I like that they were bred for disease resistance in England, which has a similar climate to Oregon. So I hope they thrive for many years for me. I also love my pink knockout roses---not sure what category they fall in. I think my pic is of Graham Thomas, but not 100% certain since I didn't label it.
I grow mostly OGR, but I picked the 'More than one' because I do have a few hybrids that I love and because OGR's come in every form: miniatures, shrubs, climbers and so on. They are SO much hardier than most hybrid species and are generally easy to root from cuttings, i.e. FREE! They also tend to have better fragrance and most of them actually HAVE a fragrance.
The hybrid roses I have are also hardy and can grow on their own roots: Peace, Chrysler Imperial, Mr Lincoln to name a few.
I chose "I don't grow roses". I simply don't have the time (nor the inclination) to fuss with plants that need all kinds of coddling. We also have a very shady yard, so it's near impossible to find a spot where one of these would grow. My mother had a rose that one of my brothers gave her, but it gave up the ghost after about 3 years and never had more than two flowers anyway.
My favorite rose is the wild one that used to grow near the seashore. Roses that don't have any fragrance might as well be plastic as far as I'm concerned.
Sorry, that would help, huh.lol
First pic...Bantry Bay a climbing floribunda from Vintage Gardens
Second...Peggy Martin and cl. New Dawn in background from Chamblee's
Third, white rose...I've lost the tag :0( but it's a tea rose from Vintage Gardens