I went to Trader Joe's the other day and picked up a small pot of purple Crocuses. I think they are my all-time favorite spring plant. I remember those were always the first plant to pop up in my mother's yard, sometimes when there were still spots of snow on the ground.
When I first bought my home back in 2008 I told myself not to bother with colorful flowers - too much work and too much money wasted. Well, I have now abandoned that idea and I'm thinking about daffodils, daylilies, and Irises. My mom has some flowers she wants to give me and I've seen many craigslist ads selling and trading plants. I can't wait for this snow to melt!
Check out the modern landscaping flickr group that I created last year.