Hedge Advice Needed!
My husband & I live in Los Angeles CA and are looking to plant a privacy hedge. We live on a corner and would like to make our front yard, which has zero privacy at the moment, into a secure yard that our kids could eventually play in.
Because we live on a corner & for various other reasons we'd like this hedge to be as thin as possible (since the yard itself is already pretty small), but as dense as possible (since we live in a bit of a busy area, walkers, bikers, people who are homeless pooping on our lawn, etc) and basically sit in for a fence. (There are regulations concerning how tall a fence can be in the front yard that don't apply to shrubs)
I'm looking for something evergreen so it would give privacy year round.
Ideally something with roots not too invasive since we'd be planting it next to the sidewalk.
It would also be located in a spot on the property that doesn't get a ton of sun in the winter time.
Any thoughts? I'm feeling pretty overwhelmed by the possibilities and this is my first time owning a home with a garden so I'm a bit of a novice.
Here are a few things I've stumbled across during my research but I'm not sure which, if any, would be the best option:
Any other ideas?
Also just to recap since I know I had a lot of specifications above:
thin as possible
dense as possible
mostly morning sun & then shade in the winter, sunny in the summer
drought tolerant or even california native would be nice, if possible!
no bamboo please! I think it's beautiful but I don't think I could deal with it if it got out of hand!
Looking forward to your advice!
Thank you so much! :)