Answer: Roses do best in full direct sun all day long, so it is impossible to give them too much sun. (They need a minimum of six hours of direct sun including the hour of noon.) Roses also need a well drained location. A slight slope will help assure good drainage. Otherwise, avoid a low spot where water collects after or rain or that is extra wet in the spring.
As far as selecting the best roses for your area, look for varieties that are considered winter hardy to zone 5. Also consider seeking out roses that are naturally disease resistant, especially to black spot.
Enjoy your roses!
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