How would you design this corner garden?
I love this corner but I'm not sure what to do with it.
View from the entrance to the front yard:
View from (near) the front door:
It is a wonderful focal point and I would like to have a raised bed with a specimen plant surrounded by some shrubs and perennials. The jog in the fence is 8ft, and the raised bed can extend as far as 20 ft into the yard. The exposure is dappled shade from about 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and then full sun from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. I would like a winter display of some kind, showy fruit like persimmons although the spot is too shady for them.
I think I will plant a red rhododendron in the darker, farther away corner and I want to have a sitting area in the shade under the tree (which you cannot see in this picture, but it is shady under there for most of the day.)
Suggestions for designs and/or plants would be greatly appreciated! I'm in California, USDA zone 9b or Sunset Western 14.