I think it was not regular practice what happened to niceeven, usually if there are germ issues with a batch they write on the site about it and give more seeds for the same price.
For outdoors you maybe try the Lebanese, I think Nepalese and himalayan varieties can also be good here but tend to start flowering later and finish later but with beter resistence to the elements.
If you're near the coast pay attention to autumn fog and high humidity which comes regular in our country.
Maybe get both Lebanese + Malana and make a cross.
Pease post your progress with RealSeedsCo here, so we can drool a bit