This used to be the view from our backdoor.
Because there were quite a few tropical plants (heliconias, gingers, etc) it always looked rather tatty with bare patches and frostburnt leaves in Winter but came to life again in Summer. I didn't mind. To me, Winter is a time when the whole world closes it's eyes and waits for Spring. John wanted to get rid of the plants that suffered through Winter. I just wanted to tidy the area, give them fertisiler and new mulch and let nature do the rest. John was adamant that he wanted something that looked good all year round. I could see his point I suppose, so we agreed to redesign the area.