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Peace Roses

Updated on May 26, 2014

The Best-Selling Hybrid Tea Rose of All Time

The Peace rose is a beautiful rose with a fascinating history. It was developed by the French horticulturist Francis Meilland in the late 1930s and was originally named 'Madame Antoine Meilland' after his mother. When Meilland foresaw the German invasion of France he sent cuttings to his friends in Italy, Turkey, Germany, and the United States to protect the new rose.

The adoption of the trade name "Peace" was publicly announced in the United States on April 29, 1945. This was the day that Berlin fell, officially considered the end of the Second World War in Europe. Later that year, Peace roses were given to each of the delegations at the inaugural meeting of the United Nations in San Francisco, CA accompanied by a note that read: "We hope the 'peace' rose will influence men's thoughts for everlasting world peace."

This gorgeous and beloved rose has been called "The World's Favorite Rose" and "The Rose of the Century". In my opinion, no rose garden is complete without this lovely & historic hybrid tea rose.

The Original Peace Rose

A Classic Beauty

This magnificent rose is an all-time favorite and award winner - and you can see why: glorious creamy lemon yellow blooms with rosy pink edges and a sweet fragrance. As the flowers age they deepen in color adding to the depth and interest of this fine hybrid tea rose.

The Peace rose was awarded the prestigious All-American Rose Selections Award (AARS) for 1946, the only rose to receive that honor that year. Since then, Peace has won numerous other rose awards.

I recently read that the two best-selling rose varieties of all time are "Peace" and "Mister Lincoln" hybrid tea roses. I wholeheartedly agree that those two are "musts" in my rose gardens. They are as popular today as when they were introduced.

The Chicago Peace Rose

'Chicago Peace' is an offspring of the famous 'Peace' rose, that was discovered by a grower living in Chicago. With 'Chicago Peace', the pink edging is richer, brighter and deeper. The reverse is an intense coppery gold. This is a stunning rose with large blooms. The color of the blooms varies according to the weather and the season.

'Chicago Peace' loves the heat, but also thrives when it's cool outside, and is also hardy down to USDA Zone 5. Flowering time is late spring / early summer, with periodic rebloom.

This is a beautiful member of the Peace family - I saw this variety planted in mass at one of our local botanic gardens in the Chicago area (Cantigny in Wheaton, IL) and it was a breathtaking site! The Chicago Peace Rose was actually discovered in the gardens at Cantigny in 1962. If you are in the area, definitely stop by and visit their 12,000 sq. ft. rose garden featuring over 55+ rose varieties. Lovely!

The Love and Peace Rose

Here's another gorgeous offspring of the legendary "Peace". "Love & Peace" will mesmerize rose enthusiasts with its light fruity scent and colorful look. Characterized by spiral formed blooms of breath-taking golden yellow edged flowers with pink. Each flower has a minimum petal count of 40, surrounded by dark green glossy foliage.

This classic upright, disease-resistant, hybrid tea grows to 4-5 feet by 3 feet. Love & Peace is perfect for framing a formal rose garden or creating a striking feature within a landscape.

I haven't added this rose to my garden yet, but I've heard rave reviews from people who are growing it. "Love & Peace" is known for being hardy and a steady bloomer throughout the season. Bring a cut flower indoors to sweeten any room!

Lasting Peace Rose

This contemporary relative of the famous 'Peace' rose is characterized by its double "hot coral" colored flowers. A real show stopper! This variety was introduced in France in 1996.

Lasting Peace is also a hybrid tea rose with a strong upright, bushy habit with stems lined with sharp woody thorns. The shiny, leathery, deep olive green leaves are a nice contrast.

This rose was bred to be disease resistant and blooms from early summer through frost, with proper care and maintenance.

The optimist sees the rose and not its thorns;

the pessimist stares at the thorns, oblivious to the rose.

~Kahlil Gibran

The Climbing Peace Rose

The best-selling rose of all time is available in climbing form! The Climbing Peace Rose features creamy yellow petals, sweetly perfumed, with a blush of pale pink edging. This climber is extremely vigorous--climbs quickly. Looks great climbing up a trellis, arbor, fence or other support in your garden.

The Climbing Peace Rose flowers all season long in full sun and is disease resistant and hardy. I've heard they can start out slowly the first year, but hang in there, it's definitely worth the wait.

Subsequent years this climber really takes off - growing 8 - 10 feet tall. A striking, regal beauty!

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Growing Roses Successfully - Follow These Tips For Healthy, Vibrant Roses

  • Plant in a Sunny Location (Most roses need 6 hours of direct sunlight per day)

    Make Sure Your Rose Bed Gets Adequate Drainage (Roses don't like to sit in a pool of water)

    Follow the Recommended Spacing Requirements (Roses like their space and don't want to be overcrowded)

    Keep Your Rose Garden Clean (Pick up loose petals and other debris - this will help prevent disease and pests)

    Mulch Around the Plants to Prevent Weeds (Just leave a few inches mulch-free near the root ball to avoid rotting)

    Remember to Water on a Regular Schedule (if Mother Nature doesn't cooperate, give your roses approx. an inch of water a week by hose at the base)

    For more info on types of roses and rose care tips visit my main site: Easy Care Roses

Stroll Through A Public Rose Garden - Relax and De-Stress....

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    • asereht1970 profile image

      asereht1970 3 years ago

      Lovely roses. Would love to have one someday.

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      GEMNITYA5 3 years ago

      Marvelous PeaceRoses

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      jmchaconne 4 years ago

      I love all flowers, roses are my favorite Thank you for a great lens, I can almost smell them!

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      Mommie-Moola 4 years ago

      What a beautiful rose - thanks for sharing it's equally beautiful story!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      peace roses give peaceful vibes.. cool rose

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      Fred Alb 4 years ago from Uruguay

      Very nice work!

      Thank you for sharing something.

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      DuaneJ 4 years ago

      This is a beautiful lens about a beautiful flower!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Your lenses are quite lovely. I enjoy visiting.

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      Vicki Green 4 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      I've never grown roses, but remember the ones my grandmother had in her yard. Most interesting information about the Peace rose - so beautiful and fragrant.

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      hntrssthmpsn 4 years ago

      I just bought a Chicago Peace Rose two weeks ago! I had no idea the rose had such an interesting history. It perked up beautifully after being planted, and has already started to put out some new growth and two lovely little promising rose buds. I'll treasure it all the more now that I know a little about it!

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      Elyn MacInnis 4 years ago from Shanghai, China

      We have two climbing ones covering an ugly fence at the National Guard Armory parking lot across the street. Everyone loves hem!

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      TheGardenGuys 4 years ago

      As a professional gardener, I know all about 'peace' roses. I love them. Great lens.

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      Ellen Gregory 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      These are all absolutely beautiful. Nice job on presenting them.

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      Ruthi 4 years ago

      The climbing peace rose is exactly the rose I am looking for, thank you!

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      We are lucky to have plenty of roses as they are grown abundantly here in Hanoi. I have big vases in our place and they make the room smell really nice.

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      Faye Rutledge 4 years ago from Concord VA

      My grandmother had a beautiful rose garden, and she probably had peace roses in it. I did not inherit her talent for flowers. :)

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      blessedmomto7 4 years ago

      I've never grown roses at all. These are lovely!

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      Wayne Rasku 4 years ago

      The Peace Rose is my all time favorite. Beautiful photos!

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      fifinn 4 years ago

      roses always brought beauty and peace.

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      Loretta Livingstone 4 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      I don't think any of mine are Peace roses. These are very beautiful though.

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      Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

      Very nice lens! Since I was a youngster the "Peace" rose has always been my all time favorite rose. Today, I have planted a "Peace" rose just outside my front room window so I can watch the roses bloom from first bud to the big beautiful blossom. Then when I open the window I can smell that beautiful fragrance. Anyway, Thank You for stopping by several of my lenses and giving each of them a "thumbs up" as I really appreciate it. Have a Great Day! @--->--------- (^_^)

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      LynetteBell 5 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      What a gorgeous rose!

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      Rosaquid 5 years ago

      Yes, and I love them. When I was growing up, the Arizona State Capitol grew a large bed of them in front of the building. They were glorious.

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      EpicFarms 5 years ago

      I love hybrid roses - they're so pretty. I don't have any now, although I used to have a fabulous rose garden (until DH grew tired of weed eating and took down the fence). Did you know that horses look at rosebushes the way we might eyeball a delicious box of chocolates. *sigh* Thank you for sharing the rose garden; it's lovely.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

      One of my favorite roses! They are all so lovely!

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      Aster56 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing these lovely roses.

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      Rosaquid 5 years ago

      I love and grow both Peace and Chicago Peace. Gorgeous roses!

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      I don't grow roses, but red roses are amongst my very favourite flowers - I wore them in my hair and in my bouquet on my wedding day.

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      Chazz 6 years ago from New York

      "Peace" has been one of my favorite roses for as long as I can remember. My mother always grew roses and this was one of her favorites also. Blessings from the Perennial Gardening Squid Angel. Your lens is featured on our tribute to bless-worthy lenses on our "Wing-ing it on Squidoo" page. (You can find it at

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      ohcaroline 6 years ago

      The Chicago Peace rose was one of the first roses that I grew. It's always been my favorite! Great rose lens. Lensrolling to my growing roses lens.

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      Joyfulmusic90 7 years ago

      Thanks for sharing these lovely flowers. =D

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 7 years ago from Northern California

      I have a peace rose in the back yard. It looks a lot like the Princess Diana Rose that we have in the front.