Experts and BHG readers answer.
Planning a garden
"Roses, even the new shrub roses, take some work. Hybrid tea roses take spraying and fertilizing and, depending on the variety, may not grow in your upstate NY garden.
Roses also do poorly in the shade, so if you're thinking about planting under a tree, roses would not be a good choice.
Check bhg.com for plans for shade gardens if you want something that will grow well around a tree.