SOLVED: Broom-like plant

Hillsborough, NC(Zone 7b)

So, no picture because I'm going off childhood memory here. When I lived in the Pacific Northwest, we'd see a plant blooming along the roadside by a neighbor's farm every year around early July. I know it bloomed on the 4th, b/c I carried some in the parade once. It looked just like scotch broom, except it wasn't yellow. Instead it bloomed in a wide array of pastel colors, pinks and blues and shades of purple and even oranges. I really want to know what it was. My dad still refers to it as 'seafoam', except as far as I can tell, that's not a thing. Regional name, maybe.
Any ideas, all?

Hillsborough, NC(Zone 7b)

Amendment: my mother says it was lupine. My memory of it is of a much shrubbier, woodier plant than what I've seen of lupine in people's gardens more recently. On the other hand, a google search of the flowers is very similar...

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