It would be lovely to see the Smithsonian Gardens in the spring or early summer. Even with our late fall visit several of them were still stunning. There are sculpture gardens, a rose garden and a butterfly habitat.
The butterfly habitat was done for the season. We quickly walked through it and were hoping the rest of the gardens were not in the same state.
I will admit some of this happens due to a busy schedule or being out of town in the spring. But I usually do not buy my annuals until later, pretty much until its summer here. I get them half off even if the plant choices are slimmer I can always find something to throw together.
These plants were $2 each and fit perfect in my vintage planter on the deck.