There are a number of different varieties and I love them all.
This group, with a rich medium lilac color and delicate long-stemmed flowers, came up between the patio stones. They are particularly pretty against the grey stones:
This one has a big flower in creamy white, with a splash of purple:
Many years ago, I bought a pot of a variety called "Freckles" for my Mom. Of course, she shared the resulting babies with me. Over the years, the original had become two varieties.
and Light Freckles:
Now this leads me to a knitting thought. Because this is just about the same shade as Dark "Freckles," let me share a pattern that caught my eye.
This is a freebie from Tahki*Stacy Charles that is an insert to the Spring/Summer 2006 "Vogue Knitting" magazine. It's a 20 row repeat with a stitch dropped 7 rows!
I am fascinated because:
1. the look is incredible;
2. I've never done anything quite like this before; and
3. VK is knitting something in drop stitch and made me remember that it's fun!