Posted: 02/08/2017 at 18:46
Cathy - I totally sympathise. The number of times we've had this conversation at work about disrespectful, inconsiderate behaviour....
I even had to report a postman to Royal Mail - after I'd put a boundary fence up - who ran down the footpath in front of the houses and cut through my garden , before jumping over the fence to get to his van.
Flowers won't stop them - Mahonia is certainly a good deterrent (there are smaller varieties available, but Soft Caress doesn't have spikes, so avoid that one) as is Berberis - and there are some smaller varieties of that too. Make sure you get evergreens if possible - some berberis aren't, although they keep a jaggy framework through winter.
The alternative is a solid hedge of something like privet or laurel, but they require a bit more trimming, wheras the 'jaggy' suggestions can be left to form a slightly more informal hedge with occasional tidying. I put up a fence and also planted a Blackthorn hedge, which gets a tidy up every so often.
It depends how much time you have to spend, and generally speaking, I think people want to just have a tidy front garden and spend more time in their back one. It is very depressing, but the sooner you get a good barrier in place, the better it will be for your own wellbeing
PS - I hope you've reported the ignorant dog owner to the relevant council dept. I had to do that several times too