Needless to say, except for the Giant Metal Chicken, it is not very inspiring. (Actually, this is just the main bed, which goes on out of frame the right, joins the border, which is just visible in the back in the shade, and wraps clear around to vanish out of frame on the left. There is also the Deathbed, which doesn't look like much of anything, and a few random plants scattered around the dry areas.)
Last summer, it looked like this:
I suppose this is more of an After & Before than a Before & After, but at least you can see what I'm working with (and what I'm aspiring to, although with a cleaner birdbath.)
What appears to be a third leg on the chicken is actually a trellis of swamp jessamine, which I am hoping to train up the chicken over time. We'll see how it goes.