I read somewhere that it is the heat that causes thick skins and we did have a very hot spell.
If I need to put holes in the bottom of plastic containers I use an old soldering iron to burn through the plastic. This means they don't split.
Pushbar there is another thread on this subject that may interest you.
The legislation only applies to evergreen hedges so a beech hedge can be any height the owner wants it to be. I suffer from an over tall hawthorn hegde so have looked in to it.
Nastursiums could work. They are quick growing and I've noticed some self seeded ones just germinating in my garden
Lily pilly, I'm allergic to eggs and have found an egg replacement product that really works, I use it to make quiches. It's Organ No Egg and can be found on the high street at Holland & Barrett
I wouldn't repot it while it's flowering as I would worry about breaking the stems.
It could be a Miscanthus looking at the leaves
What sort of plant is it?
Tomato food would be better as Miraclegro has a different balance of nutrients. The potted plants have a limited root space so need more feeding and watering than those in the ground.