Hi John I too think privet is a good border hedge its easy to trim and good in all
positions. Around my property I have Cotoneaster which is slower growing but has
red berries in winter and pink flowers in summer. It is positioned south facing and on
clay soil. I also live on a corner plot in Derbyshire and suffer chilled wind in Winter.
I would reccomend not going for high hedges as it would not suit your house at all,
I say that looking at some of your neighbours front gardens. Good luck whatever you
decide on and do not worry about clay soil.
Alan Clark2 in Liverpool
I would avoid anything fast growing. You may get instant gratification, but you will need to do a lot of work to keep it under control for ever afterwards. It is worth being patient.
that looks like a new build, i'd check your deeds as sometimes they have written that they can be no boundary along footpaths for a certain period of time after building, new build companies can be a bit stupid at times