I certainly have. There are times I purchased and planted something in a spot because it looked good there at that moment, without taking into consideration the light, drainage or space requirements.
There were times when capricious weather did my plants in. A colder than usual spell took a tecoma stans I couldn't shelter adequately, and a dry spell eliminated a New Guinea impatiens because I decided long ago not to try to keep anything that needed daily watering. Not to mention the free lance landscaping courtesy of our neighborhood deer.
Occasionally, it all goes well. Some of the time because I made a well informed choice, more often than not because I got lucky.