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The hardscape is nice. In addition to the advice given by Knotyoureality, I would plant everything in the back against the black. This is coming from a frontal view perspective. The sword plant you have is a heavy rooting plant, so you would need some sort of plant substrate and I would use it as the center plant in the back.

How? I would move some of that sand forward and use some rocks as a barrier to create a pocket area for soil or plant substrate about maybe 3-4 inches deep.

Something similar to this..
http://showcase.aquatic-gardeners.org/2013/Medium/2590.jpg
But not entirely the same, you can play with it. You're going to be looking at it everyday, so design a scape that is pleasing to your eye.

Thanks for sharing this with us!
 

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I'm sorry, I didn't realize the link didn't work. Here take a look at these...

http://www.practicalfishkeeping.co.uk/custom/images/large/4d524152520f6.jpg

https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5172/5434975832_537889f0f9.jpg

The 1st pic would be visualized as a frontal view and the 2nd pic could be either side. Just to give you an idea. Creating the pocket with the stones gives you the option of filling it with plant substrate.

To be able to make it look natural and visualize how the plants would grow in is another way to look at it too.
 
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