My favorite plant design guru Piet Oudolf advises to leave dead stems and dried flower heads in the landscape for architectural winter interest and for food for the birds. I think it’s a great idea but when it comes to near to the end of February.. I’ve seen about as much of the dead and brown stems and flowers as I can stand! And by the end of February, I am ready to get outside and start working!
Yes , plant beds with perennials, deciduous trees and shrubs, annuals, spring and summer bulbs will still look bare in late winter. That’s why I love having winter flowering evergreen shrubs, such as camellia Japonica, for much needed color and fragrance.