I live in zone 7b, Central VA, summers are hot and humid, spring and fall can be cool and rainy. Summers can have drought, or could have higher than normal rain - it’s never consistent. Basically Mid-Atlantic climate - same type of summer as DC or Raleigh for example.
My front yard has sun out the Wazoo, but I’d worry about human predation having it exposed out there. So my outdoor grow this year (my first) was in the back yard and along the sunny broick wall where I grow my tomatoes and peppers. That section proved too dense and my autos that I tried growing there ended up stunted and not productive.
The back-yard proper is shay for most of the day. Morning gets some good sun but after mid-day, my neighbor’s Silver Maple shades the yard.
So those are my environmental constraints. I could dig a hug hole in the sunniest part of the yard and fill it with good soil, or I could use a 25-gallon grow bag. Huge hole is better for frequency of watering, but I like being able to move a plant around if I want to.
Anyway, knowing all that, what is the most likely Sativa variety to have success next year? I will have a few Maui Wowie seeds left over (going to grow two of them in a SCROG in my basement tent starting next week), so I could try them outside, but I was thinking something huge and monstrous might be a fun project.