Jennifer Schultz Nelson
Extension Educator, Horticulture
'Double Delight™' Rose
New plant cultivars are introduced to the public each year, commonly replaced by a "new and improved" variety a few short years later. Few cultivars can capture and hold the public's interest with so many new plants on the market each year. The 'Double Delight™' Rose is an exception. It was introduced in 1977, and continues to be a very popular rose, with some nurseries and garden centers routinely selling out of this hybrid tea rose each year.
There are many reasons 'Double Delight™' has been so loved by gardeners. For one, the color is very unique, creamy white petals tipped with a deep scarlet. As the flower ages, the white portions take on a yellow and later a red hue.
Another distinct characteristic of 'Double Delight™' is its fragrance, which is a distinct spicy sweet citrus aroma. Some gardeners even claim to be able to pick out its unique fragrance among a bouquet of other rose cultivars!
Though some may consider hybrid tea roses to be fussy, high maintenance plants, 'Double Delight™' challenges that assumption. Not only is it a vigorous grower, with a pleasing bushy growth habit, but it has a very high level of disease resistance. The only conditions 'Double Delight™' cannot tolerate are extremely wet weather.
'Double Delight™' makes a great cut flower, and is a free-flowering cultivar, so chances are good that there is either a bud or a bloom on the plant throughout the growing season.
It is not surprising that 'Double Delight™' is the product of two excellent rose cultivars, 'Granada' and 'Garden Party'. Interestingly enough, one parent of 'Garden Party' was the 'Peace' cultivar, another older yet still widely-grown cultivar also profiled in this column recently. 'Double Delight™' has produced at least one cultivar, 'Mon Cheri', introduced in 1982, that remains popular today.