Ficus or Podocarpus for hedge in narrow planter?
Please help! I'm in desperate need for a quick growing privacy hedge to block out a 2 story house overlooking my yard. My original idea was bamboo. After seeing a house a few blocks away over run by bamboo I quickly changed my mind. My other choice is a Ficus hedge. My question is can the roots and growth be controlled? It's a 2'X25' area surrounded by concrete on one side and a block wall on the other. Behind that wall is a house about 6' away. I know the ficus will require a lot of pruning but can it be controlled?
My second choice is a Podocarpus Gracillar hedge. My main concern is its toxicity. I have 2 dogs who love to chew on anything growing from the ground. I have searched the web and have yet to find a definite answer. Also can it be controlled by pruning?