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Learn More About Meilland Roses

Learn More About Meilland Roses


By: Stan V. Griep, American Rose Society Consulting Master Rosarian, Rocky Mountain District

Meilland rose bushes come from France and a rose hybridizing program that dates back to the mid 1800’s. Looking back at those involved and their beginnings with roses over the years, there have been some truly amazingly beautiful rose bushes produced, but none quite so popular and well known here in the United States of America as the rose named Peace.

She came so close to not ever coming to be, as she was hybridized at the time of the World War II conflict. What many folks do not know is that Peace was named Mme A. Meilland in France, Gloria Dei in Germany and Gioia in Italy. It has been estimated that more than 50 million of the roses we know as Peace have been planted all over the world. Her history and her beauty are but two reasons why this wonderful rose bush holds a special place in my rose beds. To see her blooms all lit up with the morning sun is truly a glorious site to behold.

The History of Meilland Roses

The Meilland family tree is truly an amazing family history to read about. The love of roses is deeply entrenched therein and makes for some truly facinating reading. I highly recommend that you read more about the Meilland family, their tree roses, rose bushes and the rich history.

Owner of the first patent ever granted for a plant in Europe with “Rouge Meilland ® Var. Rim 1020” in 1948, Francis Meilland devoted a great part of his life to Plant Breeders’ Rights and to set up legislation of intellectual property to rose-tree, as it is in force today.

Over the past several years, Meilland roses has introduced their Romantica line of rose bushes. These rose bushes have been brought forth to compete with the David Austin English Rose bushes. A few of the truly wonderful rose bushes from this line are named:

  • Classic Woman – a creamy white to pure white bloomer with big full blooms
  • Colette – a pink blooming climbing rose with excellent fragrance and very hardy
  • Yves Piaget – features large very double mauve pink blooms with a fragrance that will fill the garden
  • Orchid Romance – a medium pink bloomer with undertones of lavender, makes the heart beat just a bit faster seeing her blooms

Types of Meilland Roses

Some other rose bushes that the Meilland rose folks have brought forth for our enjoyment over the years include the following rose bushes:

  • All-American Magic Rose – Grandiflora rose
  • Carefree Wonder Rose – Shrub rose
  • Cocktail Rose – Shrub rose
  • Cherry Parfait Rose – Grandiflora rose
  • Clair Matin Rose – Climbing rose
  • Starina Rose – Miniature rose
  • Scarlet Knight Rose – Grandiflora rose
  • Sonia Rose – Grandiflora rose
  • Miss All-American Beauty Rose – Hybrid Tea rose

Add some of these roses to your rose beds, garden or landscape and you will not be disappointed in the beauty they bring to the area. A touch of France in your gardens, so to speak.

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We recently wrote an article about the top 5 David Austin Wedding Roses, but besides the David Austin Wedding Rose Collection a selection of 14 amazing scented roses from the house of Meilland can be found in our assortment.
Meilland’s scented roses originate from France and come in many different shapes. We are very proud to have their collection available for florists around the world. Meilland has developed a true luxury rose selection with its Meilland Jardin & Parfum Collection. Roses with exceptional fragrances and beautiful looks.

Meilland remains a 100% family owned company. The sixth generation is already at work.

The House of Meilland has more than 200 employees in France alone and a turnover of € 18 million. Meilland’s research team is dedicated to the creation of rose varieties for cut flowers (fresh flowers) and varieties for garden and landscape. The have a garden roses production company (grafted and cutting) and a mail-order company which sells rosebushes, plants, bulbs and seeds. From catalog and by Internet.

Meilland has 5 trial stations throughout Europe, with more than 600 employees including 30 agronomists and technicians. 14 hectares greenhouses and 240 hectares field. 20,000 m³ cold storage for storage plants. Meilland has a system to test garden rose varieties and cut flowers (fresh flowers) on every continent and taking into account all types of climates. With agents or partners in more than 62 countries.

Meilland has also nurseries in other parts in the world: France, Spain, Netherlands and United States (California).

5. Meilland Jardin & Parfum Rose ”Toulouse Lautrec”

The rose Toulouse Lautrec is a heavily filled garden rose with a strong, sweet perfume. The petals are thin and fragile, always fresh yellow. There are few color differences between the roses.
The spring-yellow buds of the rose Toulouse Lautrec will open to a fully petaled, classic, quartered, romantic centre.

The rose Toulouse Lautrec was named after the French impressionist painter whose immersion in the colourful and theatrical life of Paris in the late 1800s yielded a collection of exciting, elegant and provocative images of the modern and sometimes decadent life of those times. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec was painter, printmaker, draughtsman and illustrator.

The flowers are beautiful at all stages: the small but thick flower buds open into hollow beautiful rosettes, each with about 60 to 90 petals.

The rose has a strong, fresh lemon verbena scent.

  • Shape : Romantica®
  • Color : Spring-yellow
  • Petals Count : 90+
  • Diameter : 11 cm
  • Fragrance : Fresh lemon verbena scent
  • Vase Life : 4-6 days
  • Breeder : Meilland
  • Plant name : Meirevolt


4. Meilland Jardin & Parfum Rose ”Rene Goscinny”

The Rose Rene Goscinny is like many of our other scented roses developed by the French rose breeding family Meilland.

The scented rose Rene Goscinny is a deeply filled garden rose with a light apricot perfume. Each rose is a little different in color from one another. Sometimes a little darker peach in the centre, sometimes more to mango orange color. The edges of the outer leaves of the flowers sometimes have an attractive coloring effect with darker shades, almost brownish.

Who was René Goscinny?
René Goscinny was a French comics editor and writer, who is best known internationally for the comic book Astérix, which he created with illustrator Albert Uderzo, and for his work on the comic series Lucky Luke with Morris (considered the series’ golden age) and Iznogoud with Jean Tabary.

The flowers are beautiful in every stade the flower buds open up in hollow rosettes, each with 80-90 petals.

The Rene Goscinny roses have a wonderful fruity aroma.

  • Shape : Classical garden rose
  • Color : Mango / peach / orange
  • Petal Count : 80+
  • Diameter : 13 cm
  • Fragrance : Gentle and soft apricot scent
  • Vase Life : 5-7 days
  • Breeder : Meilland
  • Plant name : Meifrypon


3. Meilland Jardin & Parfum Rose ”Jeanne Moreau”

An exceptional rose for a great lady of the French cinema: the white rose Jeanne Moreau is one of the newest hot items in wedding flowers. If you are looking for white gorgeously romantic wedding flowers with a wild, fresh from the garden feel, Jeanne Moreau scented garden roses are for you!

The Rose Jeanne Moreau, also known as White Perfumella, is a near white or white blend Hybrid Tea Rose from the Meilland jardin & Parfum Collection.

This glorious ivory-white Jeanne Moreau rose has a great deal of wow factor. It is long stemmed and densely petalled with a sensational fragrance. Everything you are looking for in a scented rose. It has a beautiful fruity fragrance. The rose Jeanne Moreau is a great performer with long vase life.

The layers and layers of the Jeanne Moreau Roses have ruffled ivory white petals and a wonderful fruity lemon rose scent.

The bloom opens into a beautiful rounded rosette that look beautifuls in any bridal bouquet.

The white garden rose Jeanne Moreau can be used alone for traditional hand-tied bouquets and also mix beautifully with other wedding flowers in mixed bouquets, wedding centerpieces or in any other flower arrangement.

  • Shape : Hybrid Tea
  • Color : White
  • Petals Count : 90-100
  • Diameter : 12 cm
  • Fragrance : Strong, lemon fragrance
  • Vase Life : 7 days
  • Breeder : Meilland
  • Plant name : Meidiaphaz


2. Meilland Jardin & Parfum Rose ”Yves Piaget”

The diva of the Piaget family, the Yves Piaget rose, once seen is never forgotten. This gloriously strong scented rose with a hint of sunny citrus has an average of 80 layers of petals, with a bright to light pink color. Like an enormous scoop of strawberry ice cream, it’s hard to resist.

The Yves Piaget Rose is bred in France and introduced in 1985. The large-flowered Yves Piaget Rose is sometimes known as ‘Queen Adelaide.’ This award-winner is known for its sweet scent and large, full-petaled, pink blossoms reminiscent of the old garden roses grown during English Queen Adelaide’s reign in the nineteenth century.

Named for the famous Swiss clock maker who makes the trophy for the best rose in the Geneva rose competition.

Perfectly combines old-fashioned form, strong color and rich fragrance.

  • Shape : Romantica®
  • Color : Deep Pink-Cerise
  • Petals Count : 80
  • Diameter : 12 cm
  • Fragrance : Strong Citrus scent
  • Vase Life : 7 days
  • Breeder : Meilland
  • Plant name : Meivildo


1. Meilland Jardin & Parfum Rose ”Princesse Charlene de Monaco”

The Rose Princess Charlene of Monaco offers superb gradient pastels in delicate, salmon-pink. It is a great rose with surprisingly few petals.

It has a beautiful, sweet and fruity fragrance. The rose Princesse Charlene de Monaco is a remarkable rose and holds well in a fully open form. A great performer with medium-long vase life.

The Rose Princesse Charlene de Monaco is wonderful for flower arrangements, bridal bouquets and blush weddings. Or just as a eye-catching “mono-floral” bouquet of only Princesse Charlene de Monaco roses in a nice vase.

Before the renaming, the rose was known as ‘Haiku Perfumella’ and already awarded with three International Perfume Prices and a Gold Medal at the Geneva International trial of New Roses. Now it is dedicated to the wife of HSH Albert II of Monaco and has taken a worthy place among the roses dedicated to the princely house. The couple discovered this variety at the Monaco rose trial, and at the reopening of the Princess Grace rose garden in june 2014, the rose was dedicated to the Princess.

The garden rose Princesse Charlene de Monaco is magical in the hands of floral designers.

  • Shape : ROMANTICA®
  • Color : Salmon-Pink-Ochre
  • Petals Count : 68-71
  • Diameter : 11-14 cm
  • Fragrance : gentle, soft, old rose
  • Vase Life : 6-8 days
  • Breeder : Meilland
  • Plant name : Meidysouk


Of course we have more Meilland Jardin & Parfum Roses. You can find them all right here. But besides Meilland Roses, we have a very versatile collection of scented roses that will fit any occasion. Which one is your favorite?


Francis Meilland Rose Bare Root

A cream rose named for an iconic rose breeder. Very fragrant with peach to blush tones that give way to soft white as it opens. A standout cut rose for weddings and events with long strong stems and exceptional vase life.

Type: Hybrid Tea

Color: Cream

Fragrance: Strong - Citrus & Rose

Height: 6-7 feet

Spread: 3 feet

Hybridizer: Meilland

Suitable Zones: 5-11

This is a BARE ROOT ROSE that will arrive dormant wrapped in plastic with roots, canes and no soil, leaves or flowers. Don't worry - with a twenty four hour drink of water, some tender loving care and planting in your garden it will be a beautiful hardy blooming rose in the Spring.


Look out also for these Roses of Excellence

American Garden Rose Selection 2021 winners: American Garden Rose Selection (AGRS) was established to recognize and recommend the best garden-worthy rose varieties for the various regions of the United States. Roses are tested for two years in six geographical regions to provide objective and reliable information to rose gardeners.

Characteristics considered are disease resistance, easy-care, bloom abundance and form, fragrance, rebloom habit, aging quality of blooms, hardiness in cold and heat, vigor and foliage and plant habit.

For the Southwest region, the 2021 AGRS winners were: “Sweet Spirit,” a vigorous grandiflora, bred by Meilland Roses, that blooms in a profusion of rich violet-red full and fragrant blooms and is impervious to black spot “Brindabella Purple Prince,” a shrub rose, hybridized by Sylvia and John Gray, with high-centered dark red-purple blooms with a very strong rose fragrance “Top Gun,” a Tom Carruth top-ranked shrub rose with excellent flowering and resistance to all the major rose diseases and “Tropica,” a disease-resistant rose with coral-red high-centered blooms bred by Ping Lim.

American Rose Society’s Members Choice Award for 2020: Each year, the American Rose Society honors the rose that receives the highest national garden rating in its national members’ survey titled Roses In Review.

David Austin is reputed to have thought that “Olivia Rose Austin,” named after his granddaughter, was the best rose that he had ever introduced.

Many American rosarians agree with him, and “Olivia Rose Austin,” with its lovely baby-pink cupped rosette blooms, received the ARS 2020 Members Choice Award, Fragrance Award, and the James Alexander Gamble fragrance award for 2020. This rose is a definite winner!

The American Rose Society’s David Fuerstenberg Prize for 2021: “Ring of Fire” is a very noteworthy, glowing orange hybrid tea rose hybridized by Chris Greenwood.


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