I'm new here too. In fact, I don't even have a planted tank, just reef.
I've just been monitoring, seeing if there will be a meet in the future. Aquatic plants are all a mystery to me, except mangroves, so I am hoping to amass some knowledge before jumping in.
Also, I figure I will have a greater chance of success if I were to buy plants from fellow enthusiasts rather than from LFS.
Keeping my finger crossed.