Privacy Hedge for Sunset Zone 24
(Cross post to California forum, too. )
I have been a lurker for about 12 years, seriously. An amateur, who has learned an unbelievable amount but now I need your input. (And I had to sign up again. ;)
Here's the scoop: Mediterranean plan for both house and landscape. The house faces west and gets full sun. We would like to put a hedge around the perimeter of the wall to ensconce the front yard and give some privacy. Ideally, the hedge would be dark green, non-lacy, 4-5 ft max high and about 2-3 wide (as you can see width availability varies.) We know we will need to maintain.
Have considered almost all appropriate plants but for various reasons (thorns, messy fruit, deciduous, doesn't take to shearing well, too large, etc.) discarded them.
I would love to hear what you would consider if this was your front yard. I am happy to post the list of plants in consideration, once I can find my many lists!