Well...not avid about it, or smart about it. I just go to the store and find something that I like the looks of, something that doesn't take a lot of time to take care of, something that is hearty (can take the occassional cold spell), and usually something that attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. I just bought a bunch of stuff to plant around the house and can't tell you the name of the first plant/bush/flower. I just can't remember em. I talked a lot with the lady, there, who was quite helpful, so I should be able to keep everything alive this year, which gives them a good chance of surviving the winter when it get here, LOL.