If you're hopeless with plants, don't resort to plastic potted palms. Try succulents instead. These low-maintenance plants seem to flourish with a lack of attention. Forget to water them for a month? Don't worry, they'll survive. They're also easy to propagate. Instructables has an easy set of instructions on how to start new succulents from cuttings. Even the blackest of black thumb gardeners should be able to do it.
Like the look of this planter? Find out how to assemble it here.