‘Francis Meilland’ Hybrid Tea – 2013 AARS Winner

Each year the AARS (All-American Rose Selections) announces a list of winners that have proven in trials to be of superior quality.  This year, the sole winner is ‘Francis Meilland‘, a beautiful pink hybrid tea, that is said to grow tall have has a very pleasant fragrance…

Winners are selected after a two year trial growing period in 10 gardens around the U.S.
This rose is the first hybrid tea to win under no-spray conditions.

It was my great privilege to have acquired this rose at our local society meeting in June. As you can see it is indeed a very tall rose.

I just had to share a photo from Conard-Pyle of what the blooms actually look like. With this much beauty, fragrance and no-spray, it will be a winner in any garden….

‘Francis Meilland’ Hybrid Tea – Photo Credit: Conard-Pyle


About Chris VanCleave - America's Favorite Rose Gardener

Christopher R. VanCleave – America’s Favorite Rose Gardener Nicknamed "The Redneck Rosarian”, Chris VanCleave is passionate about gardening and growing roses. He is an active member of the Birmingham chapter of the American Rose Society, serving two terms as President. In 2007, he created the Rose Chat Podcast which has reached over a half a million listeners with news and information on growing on growing the world’s most beloved flower, the rose. He was a contributor to the 2015 Southern Living Gardening Book, has appeared on P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home television show and was featured in the June 2015 issue of Southern Living Magazine. Locally, Chris serves as Chairman of the Helena Alabama Beautification Board where he has spearheaded efforts to create a sustainable landscape in one of the top one hundred places to live in the United States. His writing is seen at About.com and on his popular website; RedneckRosarian.com, where he chronicles his gardening adventures and explores an intrinsic mix of life, faith and gardening. An agent of change with over 20 years’ experience in process innovation, Mr. VanCleave is leading the charge to reinvigorate horticultural societies and helping them to reach their full potential in the social media age.
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19 Responses to ‘Francis Meilland’ Hybrid Tea – 2013 AARS Winner

  1. Pingback: ‘Francis Meilland’ Hybrid Tea – 2013 AARS Winner | Garden Roses | Scoop.it

  2. Lona says:

    What a gorgeous rose Chris. I just got some of Annie’s fertilizers for my roses. Did you water your roses with it or spray it on them? Or would it burn the leaves? Thanks!


  3. Holleygarden says:

    Wow – it is tall! But gorgeous! And no spray? Sounds like a winner indeed!


  4. seniorhiker says:

    I’ve got a feeling I’m going to be wanting this for our garden.


  5. Laurie says:

    This is indeed beautiful! I’m thinking that it might be too tall for my garden, though.


  6. roseman7stan says:

    Excellent article Chris. Also looks like a truly top notch rosebush! Love the color and blooms form! Reminds me a bit of the blooms on my Awakening climber that I just got. Sooo nice!!


  7. starproms says:

    Love pink roses. Isn’t this one so tall! Should have called it ‘giraffe’.


  8. debsgarden says:

    The leaves of your rose look very healthy, and the bloom is fabulous! Would this be considered a climbing rose?


  9. Velva says:

    What a beautiful tea rose….Thanks for sharing.


  10. This rose if definitely going on my 2013 wish list. Have a place already picked out where a nice, tall rose will fit nicely! 🙂


  11. Keri says:

    I really enjoyed this post. I was lucky to find 2 Francis Meilland roses, gallon-size, at Home Depot. They’ve been splendid so far.

    With the bush being so tall & upright, I’m wondering if it could be trained into a climber of sorts? If you have time, I’d love to hear your opinion.


    • It is indeed a very tall hybrid tea. In a warm climate I do think it could be trained as a climber. We love the large fragrant blooms of this rose. Would love to know how this rose does as a climber. keep in touch..


      • Keri says:

        Thank you so much for your reply! I will be in touch.


      • Keri says:

        My Francis Meilland’s have grown by leaps. I had decided against growing them as climbers after seeing how upright and stately they look. That was until this week. With new blooms atop young 6 ft. canes, the weight of the flowers are causing the stems to lay over, making the bush look more like a rambler. It’s quite amusing. Perhaps I should have trained it as a climber after all. Still it’s perfectly beautiful.

        I would love to show you a picture.



      • Keri, thanks for your note. I am seeing the same thing with my shrubs. Very tall. The blooms are magnificent though and I too am thinking that I need to stake it or put it on a trellis of some sort. Email me a photo at chris@redneckrosarian.com would love to see it.



  12. geneva says:

    I live in Petaluma (Sonoma County, Northern, CA) and have a bush that is now 6 years old. Planted it straight into slightly amended Adobe with a homemade gopher cage, added compost, alfalfa and some bone meal. With each year, it gets taller and broader and produces more blooms–starts in April and keeps on going sometimes up till November. This rose has a fragrance to die for and a lovely old-fashioned light pink color with cooler hues to it. It is fabulous in all regards. It truly needs very little to keep it going. It holds up very well in a bouquet.


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