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20th Century period garden

Period gardens at the Geffrye

View through the 20th century period garden - photography Mandy Williams

The Geffrye is closed until spring 2020 for a transformational two-year development. Throughout closure we are running events in our front gardens and tours of the restored almshouse.

This garden depicts a scheme featuring mixed borders full of herbaceous and traditional cottage garden plants, showing the influence of both Gertrude Jekyll and the garden designers and architects working with Arts and Crafts motifs. A pergola covered with wisteria and roses marks the entrance to this space.

Listen to our podcasts:
Edwardian Garden 1 Edwardian Garden 2 

Key plants include:

Shrubs and climbers

Abutilon vitifolium
Ceanothus ‘Gloire de Versailles’
Clematis flammula
Cistus ‘Silver Pink’
Clematis x jackmanii
Viburnum opulus ‘Roseum’
Wisteria sinensis
Yew (Taxus baccata)


Rosa ‘Alberic Barbier’
Rosa ‘Hermosa’
Rosa ‘Irene Watts’
Rosa ‘Zephirine Drouhin’


Achillea ptarmica ‘The Pearl’
Bergenia cordifolia
Campanula carpatica
Campanula persicifolia
Candytuft (Iberis sempervirens)
Clematis recta
Columbine (Aquilegia vulgaris)
Dahlia ‘Tommy Keith’
Echinops ritro
Geranium x magnificum
Gypsophyllis paniculata
Hollyhock (Alcea rosea)
Iris pallida ssp. Pallida
Iris unguicularis
Lamb’s ears (Stachys byzantia)
Madonna Lily (Lilium candidum)
Mullein (Verbascum phlomoides)
Oriental poppy (Papaver orientale)
Peony (Paeonia officinalis ‘Rubra plena’ and Paeonia Iactiflora ‘Baroness Schroeder’)
Pink ‘Mrs Sinkins’ (Dianthus caryophyllus spp)
Rosemary (Rosemarinus officinalis)
Santolina chamaecyparissus
Shasta daisy (Leucanthemum maximum)

See our 360 view of the 20th Century Garden or take the Virtual Tour of the Period Rooms and Gardens.