Front yard entry steps like this add a lot of class and curb appeal to the home and so should have planting ideas that are at least as classy.
Looking at this picture, your eye can't help be drawn directly to the steps and plantings. And even if the landscaping was second rate, it would still be the first thing you see in this front yard.
A poor looking curb appeal would take away from instead of accent the front of the home.
The planting scheme here is very appealing for a few different reasons.