Answer: I can't help you design your garden but I can provide some resources for you. The Staten Island Botanical Garden has a Tuscan Garden onsite, or you can visit the following web pages for plant and design ideas:
The challenge you will face is that most of the traditional plants for Mediterranian gardens grow best in warm winter, cool summer places and these will not be the best choices for your gardening region. But with a little research on the plants you like, you should be able to come up with some attractive alternatives.
Best wishes with your project!
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