not everyone . . . and Amano has even gotten away from carpet foregrounds . . .
BTW-- is this a display tank? Or is it just for growing some lovely crypts/lilies?
It does the second one very well.
As a display, I don't think the problem is any of the things that Fish said-- what it's really lacking is mid-ground structure, and plant density. Create a strong mid-ground structure, and make the different plant groups more dense, and you got a good scape. Foreground plants are just for "wow" effect. The real trick is designing a strong mid-ground.