I'll dig up a picture of my PT and see if you like something like that :)
I'll let you know though...I hate sand. I thought I would like it, but it's a pain in the hind parts to vacuum. Unlike gravel where you can really get in there and suck up stuff, ohhh no. Not wit sand. Sand you have to...Hover over, but not get too close or you'll suck it up. So, close enough to vacuum up dirt and poop, but not too close to suck up sand. PAIN IN THE BUTT. Also, make sure you don't get white sand...It shows all the poop. Even though I vacuum twice a week. -.-
Plants, meh. I like the looks of them, and they're pretty easy to take care of. Just get some low light, easy care ones. Swords, anubias, java fern, wisteria (LOVE my floating wisteria) plants like that. All of mine are the Top Fin ones from the tube that you can get at just about any LFS. I just have a liquid fert and some root tabs. Root tabs aren't my favorite, liquid fert is easy. Just squirt it in the tank after each change.
That's my tank when I first set it up, that's why it's kinda cloudy. All the plants are from Petsmart, the kind in the tube, but I can't remember exactly what I have. The pot I got from Petco on the clearance rack, and I have a Fluval U1 filter. Oh, and the little frog is from Walmart. Sorry I don't have any pictures of live plants in gravel...My other tank is filled with gravel but silk plants, if you're interested in that.
Hope this helps :) :)