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Thymus vulgaris (Thyme)

Type Herbaceous flower, Herb, Alpine, Culinary, Evergreen, Ground cover, Flowering
Form Low Growing or Spreading Plant
Size Spreading or Ground Hugging Plant
Colours White Flowers (Summer), Medium green Foliage
Care Some Maintenance Required - Tough Plant
Hardiness Frost hardy, Drought Tolerant, Seaside Friendly
Growth Slow Growing Plant
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Thymus vulgaris - Cultivation Notes

This compact ground hugging herb requires a dry sunny spot ideally ammongst gravel or paving where it can spread out and avoid smouthering. Thyme will flourish in any well drained soil whether chalky or sandy.


Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage


Strengths of Thymus vulgaris:

  • Sun loving drought tolerant plant
  • All round tough plant suitable for problem areas
  • Provides valuable winter interest
  • Evergreen foliage for all year round colour and screening
  • Suitable for container growing
  • Suitable for exposed coastal planting
  • Attractive form or foliage for all year interest
  • Tolerates full sun and sandy, drought-prone soils

Design & Plant Use for Thymus vulgaris:

  • Summer flowering herbaceous plant suitable for border planting
  • Evergreen ground cover suitable for problematic dry soils in full sun
  • Evergreen plant with attractive foliage for winter interest
  • Ideal for planting within the herb garden
  • Low growing alpine plant flourishing in a dry sunny location
  • Low growing ground cover planting on dry chalky soils
  • Herbaceous plant with culinary usage

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View other ground cover plants with white flowers, or ground cover plants with medium green foliage


Common Missspellings: Timus, Thymis, Thymas, Timeas, Timeus

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