When I went out yesterday morning, this is what I saw. Somebody has cut back the shrubs in my front garden and not done a particularly good job of it - it looks awful. I know it was overhanging the pavement and that it will grow again but I'm upset that the person who did this didn't bother to ask if I wanted it done. I think it was my neighbours as their hedging has also been trimmed and if it was them, then I'm sure they were only trying to be helpful but it has upset me. It's difficult to know how to approach it without causing an argument, which I obviously don't want, but I do want people to respect my boundaries and leave my property alone.
I was talking about it with my sister and BIL last night. I'd planned in the long term to remove this shrub anyway - it is overgrown and blocks the light to the kitchen window, it has been neglected and the area is full of weeds. The plan now is to clear the entire area as soon as possible and replant in such a way that the boundary is clearly identified. We're thinking of marking the line with a lavender hedge which can continue along the front of the house under the windows and then infill with a combination of white and blue/purple flowering plants and bulbs. Thinking of having one larger specimen plant but need to make sure I get one of the non-invasive varieties. I'm looking for a white flowering shrub, no more that 2.5m x 2.5m maximum size, that keeps a good shape and doesn't send out runners or reseed itself, requires minimum pruning. This area gets the morning sun. Any ideas, please?