Although Strauch’s "Wildflower of the Berkshires" is an excellent reference, it has a fatal flaw. Strauch’s book includes pictures and descriptions of invasive aliens (including some of the top ten thugs) without identifying them as invasive. So a real novice should not use that book as a reference for what to plant in this area. Much better would be to start with Project Native’s plant catalogue (online, available by mail or at the nursery). A newcomer to the area or to gardening overall would find Project Native to be a fine place to start and could easily use their resources to create a magnificent wildflower garden.