Smith Garden featured on Azalea Garden Tour

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A common mistake builders and homeowners make is crowding too many shrubs next to a home because they usually outgrow the space in just a few years.

That’s what happened to a home at 111 Forest Hills Drive.

When Roberta Berg-Smith moved to Wilmington in 2012, she said shrubs were extremely large and hid portions of the house.

She trimmed trees and replaced the overgrown shrubs with smaller, shade-loving plants.

In the backyard, there’s a Japanese-inspired garden.

One of the unique things she’s done is define specific areas or “rooms” which blend in nicely with the landscape.

Berg-Smith said she wanted to create places where you could sit, read a book, eat, prepare food or meditate.

In the backyard, she created a fire pit area surrounded by large boulders.

“What I wanted was a very natural space, not something that looked like it was constructed by someone, in the forest and I think it looks like that,” she said.

Berg-Smith says real gardeners shouldn’t attempt to plant and accomplish everything at once.

Instead, creating a perfect garden requires careful planning, pruning and time investment. That’s why she compares gardening to a journey.

You can check out this garden on the Cape Fear Garden Club’s Azalea Garden Tour which runs Friday through Sunday.

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