Peace, introduced to the world in 1945 by Meilland in France, is a strong, healthy and reliable rose with perfect large high centred and fully double blooms of a lovely pale yellow often flushed with a delicate soft pink and having a very sweet scent. The healthy glossy dark green foliage is held on vigorous upright stems and it will flower continuously from July until September. It will eventually reach a height of 4ft and will tolerate light shade although, in common with most roses, it prefers full sun. This shouls be an automatic choice so for suitable companions take a look at the rest of our range of some of the best hybrid tea roses you can buy.
This is the most popular rose of the 20th century and rightly so. It has strong growth and reliable repeat flowering making it an obvious choice for many situations. Peace is often used as part of a traditional formal rose bed but is, perhaps, perfect within a more modern planting of mixed perennials and grasses where the vigorous growth punctuates and accentuates softer shapes and forms. It is an excellent cutting rose having large, scented blooms that last well in a vase.
Peace was bred by Meilland during the war in France and named 'Madame A Meilland' after his late mother and this remains the cultivar name. Aware that his rose might not survive during Nazi occupation, he sent cuttings to other growers around the world but only released the rose in 1945 when the end of the war was in sight. One story is that Meilland was very aware of the debt France owed to Field Marshall Alan Brooke (later Viscount Alanbrooke), for the role he played in the liberation of France, and wrote asking Brooke if he could name the rose in his honour. Brooke declined suggesting that Peace would be a more enduring and appropriate name. The cutting Meilland had sent to the United States survived and the name of the rose was announced in the USA on the day that Berlin Fell, 29th April 1945. Later that year, at a meeting of the United Nations, all the delegates received a Peace rose.