Spring 2018 Gardening Must-Have Plants and Tools

Reader Contribution by Home and Garden And Homesteading
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For this spring season, Home, Garden and Homesteading is walking eager gardeners through the latest in gardening news. From the latest seeds to the newest technology and tools for your garden, they make sure you are set to get your garden started this spring.

This season, Nature Hills is featuring their Romeo Dwarf Cherry Tree seeds. Because not every yard is large enough to compensate a full-sized cherry tree, Nature Hill has created a cherry tree species that is compact enough to fit in any garden, so that everyone can enjoy the pleasures of having a cherry tree as a part of their landscape.

The Romeo cherry tree only grows to about 6 to 8 feet tall, making it a much smaller variation perfect for a smaller garden space. This cherry tree produces tart cherries that grow to the full-size of a cherry from an average-sized cherry tree, with a deep crimson color.

Jackson and Perkins have created a new hybrid tea rose for a powerful cause. Representing the fight against heart disease, the ‘Grateful Heart’ rose will not only add to the beauty of gardens this spring, it will also help to aid the American Heart Association in its fight against heart disease in America. For every ‘Grateful Heart’ bush sold, a 5-dollar donation will be given to the American Heart Association.

The ‘Grateful Heart’ bloom sits in thick 14 to 18-inch, and grows to a full 5-inch flower. Plant ‘Grateful Heart’ in a garden to honor and remember friends and family suffering from heart disease, or give it as a gift to honor someone you know.


A broadfork is an essential tool for vegetable gardening. Using a broadfork allows gardeners to aerate their soil without shredding it as a motorized tiller would. It also works well for heavy duty weeding, saving gardeners’ time and extra stress.

CobraHead has created a newly designed broadfork that uses a traditional European design, but with a unique tine mounting system. On this model, the tines are mounted through the cross bar instead of being welded to the outside of the crossbar, making it easier to use for gardeners.


For those tired of waiting for spring to arrive, it may be time to start thinking about getting your own greenhouse. A Gothic Arch Greenhouse can help gardeners keep their fruits and veggies growing all year round, and add a stunning new feature to your yard.

The greenhouse can be installed directly on the ground, or the structure can be placed on a foundation wall to raise the height of the roof. Gothic Arch Greenhouse offers many different sizes and styles, so that you can ensure you choose the greenhouse that is perfect for your yard and home.


With every spring comes the arrival of pesty insects ready to feast on your garden. However, this year gardeners can be a little more prepared for this invasion thanks to Summit® Year-Round® Spray Oil. This lightweight horticultural oil can be used any time of the year to control the pests in your backyard. It is also safe and light enough to sue with your more sensitive plants, such as roses or ferns.

Instead of using chemicals, the oil spry literally smothers insects to death by clogging their breathing holes, so it is safe for your houseplants. Unlike chemical pesticides which can become less effective after repeated use, there is no known build-up of insect resistance to horticultural oil sprays. Summit® Year-Round® Spray Oil concentrate is available in three different sizes—one pint, one quart and one gallon.


One of the biggest challenges for new gardeners is planning what to plant where. This spring, however, this struggle may finally have a solution; the Summer Dreams Pre-Planned Garden contains 11 plants that can fit easily into a 6-foot by 5-foot flowerbed, the perfect size for any beginner.

The kit comes with a planting diagram to help gardeners get their garden started, as well as a care guide to ensure your garden is a success all season long. This pre-planned garden includes Aster ‘Purple Dome’, Liatris aspera, Agastache ‘Blue Fortune’, Solidago rugosa ‘Fireworks’, Echinacea purpurea ‘Magnus’,  Rudbeckia ‘Goldsturm’ and more. This pre-planned garden is available through High Country Gardens.


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