This is my very favorite garden flower. I have loved it for years...though I've never had success in growing it. I ordered a few plants a couple of years ago, but they didn't "take" I did it again the fall before last and I have three plants that have grown. It doesn't take much to excite me, I guess, but excited I was when this one put forth some buds. I have nurtured this plant and it's companions (which have no buds) by pulling out everything that would get in the way of it's growth. The Ajuga crept in and I pulled it out. Now I have an order in for three more plants. I know that these spread, but I'm not taking a chance on them dying out this coming winter. Why do I love it so...I really don't know. It is really a very simple flower, and it starts to bloom when others are fading. I'm as happy as can be this morning...I went out and took a picture to put on my header for fall. It's just so darn pretty.