One of my favorite things about this time of year is that gardening magazines and catalogues start coming in. I love to curl up with a cup of tea to start planning what I am going to do in my garden this spring. I have numerous gardening books I consult, but the catalogues inspire me to be creative. Plants ordered from catalogues will arrive in time for planting in your area. My garden is always changing as I love to try new plants and move others around to achieve different effects. I tend to stick to low maintenance perennials (plants that come up each year) and small shrubs, but do add some annuals (plants you have to replace each year) for instant and continuous color. My children joke that our lawn gets smaller and smaller every year because my gardens keep growing. Purple is still my favorite flower color, followed closely by yellow. I also pay close attention to the foliage (leaves and stems) of plants, choosing ones that continue to look good when the flowers are not in bloom. Last year I purchased more ornamental grasses, they looked great all summer and fall; I am anxious to see if they all survived the winter.