A silent cycle would work well. I am not sure why you feel the tank needs to by cycled prior to adding plants or fish. This is more of an issue if you plan to go unplanted.
If you add the mulm to your sediment and follow Rex Grigg's step by step once you get your plants, you should not have issues.
Here is the link to Rex's step by step:
Prior to getting into planted tanks, I cycled tanks in various ways and tested ammonia and nitrites.
I cycled an unplanted tank with one hardy fish(whitcloud minnow). It worked but took almost 4 weeks
I did the fishless cycle using ammonia and tested nitirites and ammonia. that worked too and took less time - 3 weeks instead of 4.
I did the silent cycle. Added mulm and capped with substrate, jam packed the tank with plants, including a lot of floating plants, in much the same way as described by Rex Grigg. I did add a hardy fish for ammonia. That took the shortest time - 2 weeks. And the ammonia spike lasted only a few days. It was the nitrite that proved a little stubborn and took time to clear, but it still took much less time to clear than with traditional and fishless cycling. Some say with a silent cycle, you should not experience any ammonia or nitrite. I found that this was not the case when I tried it, which leads be to believe that some nitrifying bacteria will still form even with this method. Keep in mind that jam packing your tank full of plants as part of setting up for a silent cycle also serves to prevent huge algae issues later on and as far as algae goes: "an ounce of prevention is really worth a pound of cure," given that algae can be a real PITA to contain once you get it.
While I cannot speak for other peoples' experiences, based on my experience, the silent cycle resulted in the fastest cycling.