I am in Zone 5a (Lower Hudson Valley, NY) and so new to gardening. I would like to get a couple good books that are fairly specific to my zone. I know that a beautiful garden takes work and I would like to start understanding what I need to do now (and in the next few months) to prepare my garden for next year. I am primarily interested in perennials but would not mind one good reference for annuals.
Also, what are your favorite "go-to" web resources? I am doing some research, but would love to know what the experts are looking at!