Mystery Flower

Mystery Flower

There are plants growing in the yard that I cannot identify and that bugs me.  This tall perennial flower escaped from the neighbors with several sprouting in a gravel pile I had.  That might be a clue to its identity.  I moved them to the garden where they have done well.  The neighbor thought it was a kind of lavender, but I am skeptical.  It doesn't smell like lavender.  It fact, it has no fragrance at all.  Internet searches have turned up nothing.  If anyone knows what this is, I would appreciate hearing from you. 

While you're at it,  can you also identify the leafy shrub behind it?  It comes up wild in the yard, has reddish new growth, stays green all winter and has never borne flowers or fruit.  None of my native plant books reveal its identity.  Somebody out there must surely know what these plants are.  I will be grateful to get these mysteries solved.

UPDATE:  The mystery is solved 7/11/2010

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  1. to me it look's like veronica speedwell, but ive just mailed the picture to my dear old mum if it grow's on this earth she'll know what it is,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

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  2. Billy, this is most appreciated. Thank you!

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  3. I feel pretty sure that this is purple toadflax (Linaria purpurea) - the gravel at the front of our house is rich in this plant and even self-transplanted in the wildlife friendly area of the garden.

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  4. Guys, I think I have to give this one to Malcolm. All of the internet photos of Linaria look exactly like my plant. Also, some are growing up to 5 feet and I don't think Veronica gets that tall. Thank you both. I am very pleased to get this mystery solved. Let me know if I can help either of you.

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