I think there's a garlic society out in Gilroy, Calif. World famous suppliers to retail and their annual festival. (I don't know about this year though, with the fires out there. I haven't followed up with the reports)
Try googling to find info from them. They would probably be your best overall source.
But for more about the best for your area, specificly, I would check your nurseries and suppliers. They'll know what species will do best in your area.
I wish I could bribe you to send me a braid next year!