How To Grow Peace Rose (Rosa peace) In Your Garden

Rosa 'Peace', more simply known as the Peace Rose, is an iconic hybrid tea rose.

This deciduous shrub is cherished in the garden for its stunning, large blooms, and its pleasant fragrance.

Peace rose flower
Peace Rose in bloom, photograph by John; CC.

This rose plant was first cultivated in France by Francis Meilland, and introduced to the world following the end of the Second World War II. Since its creation, the Peace Rose has become a symbol of optimism and recovery.

Rosa 'Peace' typically grows to a height of 3 to 4 feet (0.9 to 1.2 meters), with a spread of about 2 to 3 feet (0.6 to 0.9 meters).

Their blooms are a delightful mix of yellow, pink, and cream hues. These stand out against their dark green, glossy foliage.

Some of the reasons that gardeners love the Peace Rose are for its continual blooming throughout the season, resilience, and fragrant flowers.

It is suitable for growing in USDA Zones 5 to 9, and is considered fully hardy in the UK.

It is a great plant to grow in rose beds, borders, or even as a standalone feature plant.

How to Grow Rosa 'Peace' in the Garden

Peace Roses prefers a garden location with full sun, with a well-drained soil. Ideally, use a soil that is loamy or sandy, but ensure that the soil is rich in organic matter and nutrients.

Propagation of the Peace Rose is usually done by bud grafting or taking stem cuttings.

If bud grafting, simply remove a bud from the Peace Rose and insert it under the bark of the rootstock. Do this in late summer.

For stem cuttings, take a cutting of about 6 to 8 inches (15 to 20 cm) from the current year's growth; do this in the fall. The bottom leaves should be removed, and the cut end dipped in a rooting hormone. Finally, plant the cutting into a pot containing a well-draining organic nutrient-rich medium.

Rosa 'Peace' tea hybrid in bloom.
Rosa 'Peace' cultivar in bloom, image by Malcolm Manners; CC.

Once established, Rosa 'Peace' requires regular watering. Do this in the morning so as to allow leaves to dry; this will help to reduce the risk of disease.

A mulch should be provided, as this can both help retain soil moisture and to suppress weeds.

As roses are nutrient-hungry plants, a regular application of a balanced rose fertilizer will help to promote healthy growth and encourage abundant blooming.

While generally robust, the Peace Rose is susceptible to the more common rose problems, such as black spot, rust, and powdery mildew.

Growing in an area with good ventilation can help to reduce these issues. Regular inspections for disease, and prompt treatment should keep your rose healthy.

Title: Quick Rosa 'Peace' Growing and Care Guide

Scientific Name: Rosa 'Peace'.

Common Names: Peace rose.

Growing Zone (USA / UK Hardiness): USDA Zones: 5-9. RHS Hardiness Rating: H6 (Hardy – Very cold winter).

Best Used For / Garden Location: Ideal for mixed borders, rose gardens, containers, or as a specimen plant. Prefers full sun locations.

Plant Details

Life Cycle / Plant Type: Deciduous shrub.

Plant Height: 4-6 feet (1.2-1.8 m).

Plant Spread: 2-3 feet (0.6-0.9 m).

Blooms: Late spring to fall.

Flower Details: Large, double flowers with a blend of yellow, orange, and pink hues.

Leaf Foliage: Glossy, dark green leaves.

Fruit: Produces small, ornamental rose hips in autumn.

Growing Conditions and Location

Best Light Conditions: Full sun.

Suitable Soil Types: Prefers rich, well-drained soil.

Sowing, planting: Plant bare root roses in early spring or late fall.

Germination time: Not typically grown from seed.

Propagation: Propagate by budding or from stem cuttings.

Plant Care: Water regularly during dry spells, and fertilize in early spring and midsummer. Prune in late winter or early spring.

Growing in pots and containers: Suitable for large containers, ensure adequate drainage.

Growing as a House plant: Not suitable as a houseplant.

Further Information

Miscellaneous: Attracts bees and other pollinators. Makes a great cut-flower.

Pests and diseases: Watch for aphids, black spot, and powdery mildew.

Common Cultivars / Varieties: 'Peace' is a rose cultivar. Also known as Rosa 'Madame A. Meilland'. There are a few types, such as climbing (to 20 feet, 6 m) and Chicago Peace, which displays vibrant orange/pink blooms.

Family: Rosaceae, the Rose family.

Native: Cultivated variety (origins in France).

References and Further Reading: American Rose Society; The story behind Francis Meilland Peace Rose.

Common Questions

Does Rosa 'Peace' make a good garden or landscaping plant?

Rosa 'Peace' can make a fantastic addition to any garden. Its large, multi-colored blooms and vigorous growth habit make it an eye-catching specimen plant.

Is Rosa 'Peace' a fragrant plant?

Rosa 'Peace' is loved by many for its delicate, pleasing fragrance. The scent, combined with its beautiful blooms, make it a popular choice among gardeners.

What is the perfect location to grow the Peace Rose?

Grow Peace Rose in a location that has full sun, and a rich moist soil with good drainage. Best flowering results occur when they get at least six hours of direct sunlight daily.

Is Rosa 'Peace' invasive in the USA, if so in which states?

Rosa 'Peace' is not considered to be an invasive plant in the USA. Although roses can spread in favorable conditions, Rosa 'Peace' does not threaten native ecosystems.

How do I remove Rosa 'Peace' from my garden?

To remove Rosa 'Peace' from the garden, first prune back the plant. Next, dig out the entire root system. Make sure to remove all the roots (consider sieving the soil) to prevent the possibility of regrowth. Always wear gloves to protect your hands from thorns when dealing with roses.


Rosa Peace is a hybrid tea rose cultivar that thrives in a location with full sun and fertile, well-drained soil. It carries large, colorful, fragrant flowers that bloom from spring through fall.

I hope that you have enjoyed reading this guide on how to grow Rosa Peace, You may also enjoy the following growing guides: How to Grow Hibiscus Plants, Rosa multiflora X chinensis, and Rosa rugosa Plants in the garden.