You won't be the first and certainly not the last. Foreground plants are the trickiest - not because they are harder than other plants, but just that they need a little more attention than others. The main factor to consider is their location - right at the bottom of the tank where there is the least amount of light, water movement and CO2.
If your foreground plants are struggling, think about their location and then ask yourself this question:
are you giving them what they want?
They want decent light, good fertilisers and CO2. If you don't give them this, growth will be slow and odds are the plants will die off and algae grows. Point your circulation pump at them - they need to sway in the current and make sure CO2 is physically being pushed over them and getting trapped in the leaves.
Are you struggling with foreground plants?
What's your favourite one - mine if HC :)