Well, we finally resolved our months-long fence issue with our neighbours. Apparently, our 'excessive and inappropriate vegetation' had wrecked a fence which in 1981, when the previous owners of our house had moved in, was already looking old. After being threatened to erect and pay for a new fence or face court, we followed fence dispute procedures and ended up facing court. Even though we thought it would be a simple resolution, we were advised not to go any further to avoid hefty court costs. We swallowed our indignation and dumped the principle of the matter, and paid for most of the fence. And here it is. As high as council would permit.
Some plants survived the building.
Others did not.