As the days shorten and the temperatures drop, I'm more apt to be found curled up under an afghan with a book in my lap. Gardening books are a great way to "get outside" while staying toasty warm and gain inspiration for those spring planting plans.
A book you might want to refer to as you make those plans is: Gardening for All Seasons, by Creative Homeowner.
An overview of garden design and garden techniques begin the book with fairly standard fare.
The most unique aspect of the book is its focus on seasonal bloom times. A "Palette" of plants is listed for each of the four seasons, with the lists organized by flower color. While the lists are not exhaustive and detailed information is only included for a limited selection of the seasonal bloomers, it's a worthwhile reference. The palette lists provide a good starting place when planning for seasonal or year round show. The Summer section includes specific instructions for cutting and conditioning a number of popular flowers as well as for drying flowers. The Winter Palette focuses mainly on indoor flowering plants, but includes a few outdoor choices with welcome winter blooms.
What I like:
The organization of plants by bloom time is a helpful tool for garden design.
The focus for seasonal interest is almost exclusively on flowers. In addition, although plant specific information is included, it's fairly general. More detailed plant information will need to be gathered from other references.
This book is no longer in print, so you may want borrow it from the Library, or purchase a used copy, which may be found through several sources, including Amazon.com.
Heat up the cocoa, bring out the afghan and dust off the books....