DOUBLE DELIGHT – Classical Hybrid Tea rose with large double, high-centred single-stemmed blooms of creamy centre with carmine/cerise border and intense spicy fragrance


Bred in the USA by Swim & Ellis in 1976 this magnificent rose will be seen in gardens throughout Australia – popular mostly for the incredibly sweet perfume which is always evident and even a person with poor sense of smell will experience the pleasure of rose fragrance with this beauty. Double Delight has been a favourite rose with gardeners for many years and was inducted to the World Federation of Rose Societies, Rose Hall of Fame in 1985 being voted the people’s choice most popular rose in that year. It’s popularity is probably the cause of it’s demise as today, the bush is more difficult to grow because it has a lot of disease issues!

Double Delight is a bushy plant and can grow to 1.5mts – particularly loves the hot weather when the cerise border becomes very defined and the fragrance supreme. In humid, wet weather, Double Delight sulks and the blooms refuse to open; the foliage is very susceptible to black-spot so this rose should be planted with lots of air circulation and few or no other plants around it.

In 1983 Double Delight Climbing was released and our experience of this rose is that it produced lots of foliage but very few flowers so we cannot recommend it.

  • Extremely distinct coloured cream with carmine border
  • Very highly fragrant blooms
  • Bushy growth


The generally sunny, dry and hot conditions of the Australian garden are particularly well suited to planting roses and roses flourish in our gardens when you take measures to provide the following:

WATER – Roses are very deep rooted plants and require one good, deep soaking at least every 10 days in hot and dry conditions.

FEED – Because roses flower throughout all but the Winter season, they should be regularly fertilized with quality (preferably organic) fertilizer which contains a balance of major nutrients (NPK) and trace elements. The fertilizer should be applied at least once a month – small amount often – with fortnightly applications of liquid seaweed over the foliage.

PRUNE – During Winter, 70% of the rose plant should be pruned and all old wood removed back to the crown and the bush pruned to shape.
During the flowering seasons, 25% of all flowering stems should be cut back after flowering to encourage strong re-growth.

MULCH – Particular attention to application of lucerne or pea straw directly around the root-zone of each rose will enhance the overall health of the rose and then the whole bed should be mulched to 75mm with any other mulch medium available

8 Replies to “DOUBLE DELIGHT – Classical Hybrid Tea rose with large double, high-centred single-stemmed blooms of creamy centre with carmine/cerise border and intense spicy fragrance”

  1. I am somewhat a novice regarding rose gardening, and look to the internet for advice. I learned a good amount from your description of the Double Delight. I have one Double Delight in my rose garden, and a few days ago I noticed a long spindly cane about four feet in length. Could this be the rootstock trying to grow? If so, I have heard that it will take over, and go back to what it was before Double Delight was grafted onto the rootstock. If Double Delight grows canes to four plus feet in length, should I just prune it back greatly? By the way, I live in northern Louisiana where humidity is high much of the time. Our summers are harsh, and winters are mild.

    I enjoyed your article very much.

    Sharon Worsham

    1. Hi Sharon … sounds like understock so I would get down really close to the ground at the base of the plant, push some soil back and see where this growth is coming from. Once you determine that it is definitely NOT a sturdy WATERSHOOT which will give you heaps of flowers, GRAB HOLD OF THE CANE AND RIP IT AWAY FROM THE UNDERSTOCK STEM. I describe this well in one of my recent ROSE RAMBLER NEWSLETTERS which are stored here – go take a look … need more advice? Just email … cheers and thanks for being in touch

  2. I have been reading in your archives and find that y’all (Southern for you all) are very down to earth and fun people. Thanks for posting on the internet.

    Sharon Worsham

    1. Thank you Sharon … get down on you knees and check at the base of the rose (crown) to see where this long cane is coming from … if its below the grafted bud union, then definitely a sucker – watershoots are thick growths which carry lots of flowers and are the bush ‘renewing’ itself because you always prune out the oldest watershoots in favour of the newer ones!

      If you have an understock sucker you might try and remove it by sourcing it, cut deeply inwards and upwards below the cane and then inwards and downwards from above the cane. Can you imagine removing say a corn – you have to get the centre eye (growth) out. ONce removed, push the soil back, pour seaweed solution over the entire bush and hope the sucker doesn’t return.

      Enjoy the experience of potentially recovering the rose … cheers

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