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In terms of selections – consider based on your soil and water conditions, as well as sun, and height and overall design are worth considering, as well as multi-season appeal.
Assuming you’re like most of DC, average water conditions and clay soil, some good selections could be Aquilegia and Amsonia for spring, Monarda, Echinacea, and Penstemons for summer, and the classic Solidago and Asters (Eurybia, Symphyotrichum) for fall.
As you can guess from my answers, I love this topic and spend too much time thinking about it. If you have specific thoughts/questions, I’d be happy to try to help out.