Like most newbies I had to stay true to two things, low cost and low maintenance. Ultimately my goal was to learn about planted tanks without breaking the bank.
Lets see if I can break this down...
Tank: Used 10 gallon (free)
Substrate: Schultz Aqua Soil ($7)
Lighting: 20 watt AquaGlo (free with the purchase of a used 29 gallon)
Filter: AquaClear 30 ($30)
Plants: Anubia nana, Moneywort, Java moss ($30, but ordered another $30 worth)
Fish: 3 Rasboras ($9)
I am not adding anything else to this scape except for plants. Lauralee is correct on identifying the plants I have so far. And yes, the rhizome is not buried.
I'm a bit stuck on this scape because I just can't seem to come up with a good way to give it a dramatic look. I almost think having the java moss take over most of the foreground and mid-ground would be better. Nonetheless, I'm having fun and learning lots.
You were right Lauralee, I have spent countless hours arranging and rearranging this scape!