I normally grow natives, but I miss my summer flowers like Salvia guaranitica, Phlox paniculata, Zinnia, Gaillardia, Coreopsis, etc. I have a section with rich soil and planted with mostly native species of milkweed. i want to add nectar plants like the species above and more. Also, I want color in dry SoCal. I want a fairyland of butterflies and colorful flowers, even if it is a small area (which it is). Will the flowers of the English Borders grow here? If you have seen English gardens in summer you know what I mean. Is it just a matter of water? I imagine gophers would love these juicy plants. Do I need gopher protection for everything I plant?