Choosing a Buck rose
Hi, Everyone. I'm in Canton, Ohio, where the weather is influenced mostly by the Ice Age depressions left when the glaciers came through. We're not Lake Effect, we're not Snow Belt, and when rain comes our way, it usually breaks up before it hits us, and then reforms after it passes. Always interesting in Ohio!
Anyway, I have grown a few shrub roses (Belle Poitevine rugosa, Ballerina hybrid musk, Dart's Dash rugosa, Pierette rugosa, Belinda's Dream Earthkind), and would like to give a try with the Bucks. I'm hoping for a more classic flower shape, detectable fragrance, and an easy landscape rose. I'm considering Honeysweet and Frontier Twirl - love that orange-pinky color, and I need something smaller.
I've been researching for days, but I just can't seem to find definitive information. Assuming my site is mostly sunny (western exposure), amended soil, and proper watering, am I still doomed to disappointment because the Bucks just will not thrive in my rather weirdly-weathered area? I'm digging out the Rainbow Knockouts I planted last spring - I've never seen a rose age more pitifully, and on top of it they got mildew at the end of the season! I'm reluctant to waste the money on a lost cause - again.
So, any advice/suggestions? I'm especially interested in hearing from other Ohio/z5 folks with personal experience. I know the Bucks are thriving elsewhere, but I need some specific help.