The graphic designer and her husband, architect James Biber, are design purists, so a traditional garden with big, multihued flower beds was definitely out of the question. To realize their vision of a low-maintenance, high-concept courtyard, the couple turned to landscape designer Susan Welti.
For the minimalist concept to work as a garden, Welti and Goldberg played with pictures of plants, moving them around “like Colorforms” until the right combination clicked. The resulting grid is an elegant mix of textures, heights and shades—all easily tended to. A monochromatic scheme is a soothing complement to the garden’s ordered arrangement.