March 10th, 2011


Hybrid Tea

Duet has now been in cultivation for over 50 years, having been bred in the USA by Herbert Swim in 1960. Its name refers to the two shades of pink, with the deeper pink on the reverse side of the petals. The rich coral pink colour on the face and attractive hot pink on the reverse was a real colour breakthrough when this rose was introduced. Each flower consists of 25 to 40 petals and is around 10cm in width.

Flowers are borne mostly solitary and occasionally in small clusters on strong, straight stems. A soft tea rose fragrance is another alluring quality. It is very quick to repeat flower with regular removal of spent blooms.

Duet is a tall, vigorous, very disease resistant Hybrid Tea rose growing up to 1.5m to 2m in height and 1m to 1.5m wide. It has proven to be a popular cut flower with a long vase life. It performs extremely well producing an amazing volume of roses from its initial spring flush through summer and autumn and into early winter.

Duet thoroughly deserves the many awards it has received in rose trial grounds and it has not waned in popularity since its introduction. This rose is highly recommended.

Photo by Melanie Trimper