Lupines are a traditional Maine flower. Of all things, the white pine cone is the official Maine state flower, chosen no doubt by someone with a sense of humor and too much alcohol in his system. Otherwise, the lupine would be the Maine state flower since they are made for our kind of weather, and they grow everywhere, particularly in northern Maine. Once they get established, you couldn't hope for anything as maintenance free as a lupine patch. They grow thick enough that they can compete with the weeds, and they readily move out of the garden area into the surrounding ground, even if it's never been broken. A few years ago, I planted a couple of lupine plants in a crude raised garden made of logs and compost, on our land up north, and they've taken over the ten-foot long planting area already, and are popping up all around it. Some people may not like them in their garden because they pretty much take over everything. After the first couple of years, they produce a huge amount of seed every year, and they spread rapidly. But they come in a lot of colors, and are quite attractive. I built a rock garden in our front yard the year we've moved in here, and I've been having trouble getting anything to grow there. I prefer perennials to annuals, but most of the perennials I've planted there never come up the second year. We do have one flowering plant, who name I don't remember, that comes up every year but it's been otherwise empty, except for the annuals that I end up putting in so as to avoid the emptiness of it. I have given up on it and am turning it over to the lupines. I planted two lupine plants there two years ago, and they seeded last year, so I've spread some of them, and expect them to come up soon. Additionally, I just added a few more of another color.