We don't know which we prefer -- the look of 'Double Delight', or its enticing spicy fragrance! The AARS judges apparently didn't either, awarding this hybrid tea high honors in 1977. It has never looked back from this glory, continuing to wow gardeners with its perfect form, profuse fragrance, and great garden performance.
A striking bicolor with urn-shaped buds that open to creamy white flowers brushed with deep red, 'Double Delight' boasts long, sturdy stems that keep it looking its best over a long vase life. In the garden, the rich red color refuses to fade, even in punishing heat. And the vigorous shrub offers disease-resistant foliage and good branching. 4 feet tall and 3 feet wide, it's compact enough for a container, showy enough for a flowering hedge or accent planting!
This rose performs best in medium-moisture, slightly acidic, well-drained loam in full sun. Make sure the plant has good air circulation, as this promotes vigorous and healthy growth and helps prevent disease. A layer of mulch during the summer months helps to retain moisture, keep roots cool, and discourage the growth of weeds.
It should be pruned in the spring, with the removal of old canes and dead wood. Cut back canes that cross each other. Gardeners in warmer climates will want to cut the remaining canes by one-third, while those in colder climates will probably need to trim it a bit more.
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
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I ordered this rose in the early 80's while living in Houston, TX. It was absolutely beautiful and so fragrant and full of blooms. Now I'm living in WA and I am ordering it again.
The sweetest of sweet smells
I bought several of these years ago from J&P. They truely live up to their name. A delight to look at. Also a delight to smell. I normaly am a mono colored rose guy. I dont tend to like multi-colored roses much. I was ordering some Mr. Lincoln roses and my wife browsed thru the catalog. She loved the Double delight. Well all you guys know how this story ends up. We split the order between the two. I think we had 14 of each. I never regretted it from the first bloom on. They were so delicate and lovely. They also had a very nice fragrence. I still think the Mr. Linclon is the rose of roses but I truly loved the Double Delight as well. Unfortunately the friendly deer in the area loved them even more. I finally gave up. They won the battle but not the war. I am older and wiser now so they wont be getting all those tasty buds this time around. The last time in three years I got two buds from 28 roses. Watch out deer. I AM serious. lol
All time favorite
MY ALL-TIME FAVORITE- Color, fragrance, nice size blooms. Had over 30 rose bushes at home over 20 yrs ago (all J&P). Will wait for 2013 to get this tea rose back in garden at new home.!!!