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Cottage Gardening: What does "3ft x 2ft" mean?

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ilovedahlias
Wakefield, MA

March 27, 2012
6:09 AM

Post #9058829

Feel kind of silly asking, but when I read in the David Austin catalog that a rose is "3ft x 2ft", which is the height and which is the width? I have never known the answer to this, but I figure there is some standard notation in the gardening world.
realbirdlady
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

March 27, 2012
8:08 AM

Post #9058979

lol Shouldn't there be three dimensions? I've never noticed that in catalogs for plants I buy, but now I'm curious, too.
JasperDale
Long Beach, CA
(Zone 10a)

March 27, 2012
8:16 AM

Post #9058988

In plant catalogs and websites, (as well as the tags on the plants) the first dimension applies to height, the second is the width.
I've yet to see a third dimension added...never even thought of it for that matter !
ilovedahlias
Wakefield, MA

March 27, 2012
9:04 AM

Post #9059041

Thanks so much! Now, if only I can remember the answer when I don't have it in front of me...=)
JasperDale
Long Beach, CA
(Zone 10a)

March 27, 2012
4:06 PM

Post #9059600

Think of it this way:
When you are describing a person's looks to someone, you usually start by saying, "He/she is about 5' 9" tall and slim" (or whatever the case may be.) We generally start by saying how tall or short someone is, and go from there.
Plant heights and widths descriptions follow the same line of thought.
Hope that helps you remember !
ilovedahlias
Wakefield, MA

April 4, 2012
8:28 PM

Post #9070314

Thanks for the tip! That will definitely help me remember. I found that I was already forgetting this past week! Tall and slim...got it =).
Pippi21
Silver Spring, MD
(Zone 6b)

April 18, 2012
1:48 PM

Post #9087842

I think that means the rose bush is reach a height of 3 ft. but spread out as far as 2 ft. is my guess.

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