II'm attaching 3 photos below of some shrubs that were planted by the previous owners. They were planted about 10 months ago. A few have died and need replacing (youths pulled 3 up when walking past) so I wondered if anyone knows there name? I think they must be pretty common as they said they got them from a town market.
Secondly, they are about a foot tall on average, ideally I would love them to grow into a hedge of about 4 to 5ft, is this likely to happen anytime soon? I havent seen any noticable increase since moving in February so I imagine it could be quite slow? Depending on how many years it might be I would consider something faster that I can shape into a nice box once or twice a year, perhaps Leyandii? If you look at the first photo I wonder whether they should have been planted slightly further away from the pavement?