Hello Dog River in Vermont (?) I’ll give you my thoughts. Yes, I would plant a replacement red maple to the left of the existing one in the perennial bed, but not too close (not less than 8-10′). But it would have to be fairly small so its planting hole wouldn’t further upset the old maple’s roots. Consequently, it would probably only be about 6-8′ high and would help temporarily satisfy your need for a mid-range plant(s). At the same time, maybe you could try some of these: variegated dogwood, oakleaf hydrangea (might be iffy in your zone), azaleas or rhodos (the Northern Lights series of the former, and the PJM of the latter are very hardy), witchhazel, spicebush. Nice house. Good luck! Ailsa
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