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Thymus - 'Doone Valley' (Thyme)

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

Described as an aromatic sub shrub thyme is a compact low growing staple of any half decent herb garden as well as being an attractive plant in its own right. Thyme is well suited to growing in small pots within the most limited outside space. The variety Doone Valley is a lower growing mat forming / creeping variety which works well in a rockery or herb garden. Doone Valley has tiny green foliage with gold tipped foliage and has a lemony scent. Foliage can cut and can be used in cooking.


Thymus - 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 and can tolerate a dry hot position within the garden.


Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage


Strengths of Thymus:

  • 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:

  • 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
  • Ideal for informal cottage garden style planting
  • Herbaceous plant with culinary usage

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