Silk? I never considered that. How do you attach it? Do you have any issues with water dripping or anything?
Totally agree with you about choosing plants BEFORE buying. I just got swept up at an auction (my local aquarium club does 2 a year, the latest being just before I set this up). I'm lucky to have an independent lfs that has great plants and usually knowledgeable staff. I really should've just gone there, their plant guy helped me choose some plants for my 10gal that I'm really happy with.
Most of the stuff in the sales forum seems to be from the US, while maybe they would ship to me in Canada, it could take weeks at the border and with the winter temps now, its not worth it. I do get a little jealous of all I see in that forum though!