Before: the poinsettias and porterweed are spent. There are lots of seeds down in the leaf litter, so it will come back.
You probably can't see it, but there is a brand new baby blue porterweed to the left of the main plant in this bed, and lots of little plants getting ready to grow tall.
After. Still lots of plants but all ready for spring!
After. My blanket flowers are blooming like crazy!