Posted: 23/07/2013 at 22:01
Your design sounds great and has given me inspiration for my own front garden which is is exactly the same in size and siting. Acers have such versatile uses, I have 2 varieties and my back garden in a mix of all sorts, for example lots of climbers, acers, fuschias, cannas, gunnera, bamboo (in pots), lillies etc.
My only suggestion would be to choose an acer that is more suited to shade, this variety prefers full sun, apart from that, go for an acer.
Another thing to think of is, if you intend to look out of a window that is central to the garden, don't plant your focal tree "Acer" in the centre, I had a magnolia when I moved in planted in the centre and it drove me nuts as I felt that it was in the way (also goodness knows why someone planted a magnolia in a north facing facing