Hi Beth ...
to the Rose Forum.
I am not going to give you any recommendations simply because I am guessing that my climate is very different than yours.
Back in the day when your mother was trying to grow roses they marketed roses as if any rose would grow well in any climate. That is not true, so a LOT of people failed at growing roses. When you grow a rose that likes your climate, your soil and how you like to garden, if you start with a healthy plant, roses can grow like weeds.
Fragrance is a recessive gene in roses, so it's great if a rose is fragrant, but your first priority should be a healthy plant.
I am certain you don't know where to start. There are a lot of articles in the NGA archive.
click on LEARNING LIBRARY
click on BROWSE ALL ARTICLES
enter "roses" in the SEARCH field
and you will see a lot of blue live links to the articles. These articles can help you get a feel for growing roses. Many of the roses mentioned in the articles are no longer in commerce because two of the big distributors of roses, J & P and Weeks went bankrupt and are now under new ownership.
For more information like this:
click on COMMUNITY
click on COMMUNITY IDEAS
enter "roses" in the SEARCH field.
You can view photos of roses in the rose database.
I am not suggesting you do all of your homework on your own. Looking at these articles and tips may help you discover you have more questions ...
Feel free to ask all the questions you want. Often people ask questions on the chat thread, too. Do whatever is comfortable for you.
btw .. Heirloom's instructions for growing bands needs to be updated. If you choose to go that direction, come back here and we'll help you out.