The favorite purple beauties of my youth were lilacs.
I miss their fragrance, their promise of a spring romance... and of a summer to come...
In Poland they were blooming in May, in Sweden in July and I met them in the USA, too, but in upstate New York, around the Fingerlakes.
Unfortunately they do not grow in the warm climate, where I like to live. So my southern purple beauty of choice is wisteria.
Wisteria grows all over Atlanta, covering plenty of trees with its showy purple flowers. A lot prettier - and more cheerful - than the kudzu vines.
If you like wisteria, you can find a lot more pictures of it here , on Ewas blog, as she assembled a gallery of wisteria pictures from all (?) the places, where they grow. Enjoy!