Instead of a formal hedge that needs trimming twice a year, use an informal border of compact evergreen shrubs which don’t need pruning. If you want a hedge , choose one that is not too vigourous for the chosen position and that is trouble free.

Further information:

RHS- Evergreen shrubs

RHS- Planting hedges

Shrub profiles

Hedging plants

Source: ‘Short Cuts to Great Gardens’ (Reader’s Digest 1999)

Old School Gardener