I am a retired computer professional and have been a WSU/Pierce County master gardener for 17 years. I live in the Puget Sound area of western WA. I am definitely a "one or more of each" type of gardener and like to say I never met a flower I didn't like. I try to put the right plant in the right place, but sometimes goof. With our hotter summers (than in the past),I have started using more xeric plants in the hotter, drier areas.
I try to group plants together that enjoy the same conditions and coordinate the garden using compatible colors. I have a vegetable garden, 2 greenhouses, and a house full of plants. I fill the house with blooming plants to get thru our gray winters. A bit of fair weather skiing helps, too.