I've always been the grim reaper of plants (or should I say GREEN reaper?). My thumb is black and every plant I've ever had in my home was doomed to die, but I was too much of a snob to resort to 'fake' plants. That's why I married a man with a green thumb. So now he's the only one who handles plants. I handle the kids.
Here's an article that offers a new solutions to the question, How to Get a Green Thumb? The article gives some pretty compelling reasons for using silk flowers and plants to go green when decorating your interiors.