The tomato blight thread has prompted me to ask: It's going to take a while to knock the gardens into shape but, despite being a keen (and fairly successful) gardener, I can't decide what to put in the centre of the front garden. It's not a terribly big garden but sunny for most of the day, there's a centre circle already cut out (and now cleared of weeds etc) so it needs something in it. I've never had a fruit tree before there's an apple tree in the back garden (don't know yet if it's eating apples or cooking apples) and I'm thinking plum tree for the front garden (unlike Jennymus we like them). Whatever I put there I don't want it to be huge or to provide too much shade. Once we've dug out all the chippings and the black weed suppressing stuff there'll be flower beds around the lawn so I want something that is pretty but not too dominant. I've considered Japanese maple or one of the smaller magnolias. What would you choose and why?