Living in an old country field stone farmhouse, cottage gardens seem more appropriate than dedicated Asian gardens. However, Asian influence has always been a part of our landscape highlighted by love of Japanese maples.
Most people would equate Japanese maples as the common red leaf "Bloodgood." Most would not equate Japanese maples nor any maple for that matter with "blooms." Japanese maples however do offer colorful blooms, albiet small ... but en masse.
Here are a few examples from our garden yesterday, sorry, just phone photos.
The most common species of Japanese maple is Acer palmatum, however the more uncommon species are generally better bloomers ...
Acer japonicum cultivar displaying buds, blooms, and young samara winged fruits all in the same cluster. Only around 6-7 feet tall (around 2 meters), it will have hundreds of these clusters each Spring that last for weeks
... and highly underrated, pubescent Spring foliage IMHO ...
Acer palmatum has lots of bloomers too, here is var. atrolineare.
... with its remarkable unfurling bamboo-like Spring foliage.
And yes, despite having an eye for the more unusual (a tea drinkers personality perhaps), here is a "red" though less common A. palmatum "Boskop Glory" in Spring ... umm ... glory
. The ant is domestic.