I've begun growing roses again this spring, 2016, after 10+ years missing them. I have talked my husband into digging up a perfect spot on the southeastern side of our detached garage/side yard. Choosing the spot for the garden was tricky - I wanted a trellis for climbers and a wall for the trellis to be against. We had bushes and a pine straw bed there originally with star gazer lilies blooming in the spring/early summer then potted plants placed there after the lilies die back.
I am so excited to have been able to choose new rose bushes from 4 or 5 different nurseries online for our new garden. I have been using this site to research which roses really are best suited for my zone (8).