- Amazing Story and Meaning
- One of the Highest Rated Roses by the American Rose Society
- Outstanding Large Bicolored Blooms
- Sweet Fragrance
- Hardy, Vigorous Grower
- Good Disease Resistance
Known for its impeccable great looks, the gorgeous Peace Rose (Rosa ‘Peace’) is also a survivor. The story of this world-famous Rose has become just as important as the blooms themselves.
In today’s tough world, it’s important to fight for what we believe in. If you believe in the principles of peace, this is a meaningful way to show it. No matter your age or stage, adding a Peace Rose to your landscape will bring you a calm respite. Care for it mindfully and savor the joy it brings.
This garden standout is truly a living piece of history. There is simply nothing like a Hybrid Tea Rose.
If you are a Millennial with a new home, and have “graduated” from succulents, or are an empty nester with time on your hands, Peace becomes a cherished “plant pet.” Yoga fanatics and returning soldiers who desire a special focal point for a Meditation Garden should take a good look at this magnificent fragrant tea rose variety.
Peace is one of the most successful Roses ever produced.
It was hybridized in 1935 by the brilliant French horticulturist, Francis Melliand who saw the invasion of France as an inevitable possibility. He desperately sent cutting to friends in different parts of the world to try to secure its future.
The ‘Peace’ Rose was finally named and introduced in the United States on April 29, 1945, on the very same day that Berlin fell. This momentous day was the turning point when the terrible World War II finally began to come to a close. Peace won AARS accolade honors in 1946 and the same day the peace treaty was signed with Japan.
The Peace Rose has a very special place in the world, and it’s time hasn’t passed or tarnished into a vintage memory. Not by a long shot.
Like so many before you, you’ll absolutely cherish every single 6-inch, lightly fragranced bloom. Heavily cupped and high centered, the gorgeous Peace blooms feature 45 lush petals apiece.
Peace repeats its bloom all season. It’s a classic form that delivers a very sleek and modern look to the landscape. And the tender ombre coloration captures your heart.
From bud to bloom, you’ll see shades of creamy white that deepen to light buttercream yellow. The subtle hint of red to pink are more intense near the edge of the petals and deepen with age.
Overall, each of the Peace blooms become an inspiration; focused and determined to remain ever optimistic. This is not a shrinking violet. This plant stands for an idea that is larger than itself, and the beauty is fiercely intense.
Heavy, straight stems hold the blooms aloft. Richly vibrant, glossy green leaves are a perfect visual foil to the bi-colored blooms. You’ll want to add several sprays into your floral arrangements to set off the maturing blooms.
The American Rose Society members rate Roses based on a 1 to 10 scale. The score of the Peace Rose is rated a 9. This is a highly recommended variety.
Don’t let any old-fashioned myths about the fussiness of Roses stop you from enjoying this beautiful, historically important plant. Roses have been bred since the days of ancient Egypt, after all.
You’re capable and smart. You can manage the care of Hybrid Teas, and more importantly, you deserve these incredible, huge flowers. How proud you’ll be to continue the good fight to enjoy ‘Peace’ in your land!
How to Use Peace Rose in the Landscape
Create a special spot for this outstanding feature plant. You might imagine this as a living sculpture, but it’s not a hothouse plant. Peace is actually quite vigorous and robust.
The large, leathery leaves and outstanding blooms on these tall shrubs will make a definite impact in your landscape. Keep it classic with a low, clipped Boxwood hedge, or plant several of them as a fabulous hedge.
Or go the other way to push the design and try new things. Use Peace as a tall backdrop, paired with the rigid architectural spikes of Yucca, strappy cheerful Daylilies, or a coarse-textured Groundcover Juniper. Life is short, so go ahead and let the neighbors talk!
You’ll simply love this rose, as have so many others before you. Allow it to spark a passion for Roses. Create a special garden bed for your favorites.
Use this as the perfect memorial, or as a fascinating specimen focal point in a Meditation Garden. Plant one on either side of a sunny, south facing front door to greet guests in high style.
Wherever you use it, be sure to take the time to study it. Visit it each day and baby it a bit. You’ll be lavishly rewarded with the ever changing color play of those enormous blooms.
Tips for Care
Give Peace plenty of room so that all parts of the plant receive plenty of sunlight and good air circulation. Give them at least 5 to 6 feet on center, measuring from center of one to the center of the next.
These are sun lovers. Give them at least 8 hours or direct sunlight preferably morning sun.
Roses require a well-drained location but are adapted to a wide range of soil types. In poor draining locations, plant in a raised bed or mounds at least 12 to 18 inches high. Mulch to 3 to 4 inches deep but pull back the mulch all the way around the stems themselves. Never let mulch rest directly against the stems.
Fertilize your Peace Rose using a general-purpose fertilizer like Dr. Earth Life Organic and Natural All-Purpose Fertilizer in the early spring and mid-summer.
Aphids are the most common pest with Roses. Watch for them and use a jet of water to wash them off.
While the Peace Rose has good disease resistance, you’ll want to watch for moisture related fungus and mildew related problems. Most of these concerns can be easily avoided by planting in locations that receive early morning sun.
You’ll want to follow a schedule every 7 – 14 days during the growing season. Spray the top and bottom of all foliage with Bonide Bon-Neem Fungicide Miticide Insecticide RTU Spray Oil in late afternoon once the setting sun has lost most of its heat. You’ll polish the foliage and protect it at the same time. Call it “Me-Time” communing with your lovely plants.
Prune your Peace Rose in late fall with a goal of opening up the interior of the plant so it can receive air and sunlight. Plant them with plenty of space on all sides and avoid low-lying areas that can trap air. Bag and remove your pruned stems and remove leaf litter from under your Roses.
Provide a moderate amount of water on a regular basis. It’s best to use ground soaker hoses or drip irrigation, if you can. If you must use overhead sprinklers, time them to go off at sunrise so that the drying power of the morning sun can quickly dry the foliage.
Peace is a cherished World Federation of Rose Societies Hall of Fame selection. Allow it to become an absolutely stunning addition to your garden.