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Thymus vulgaris (Thyme)

Type Herb, 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 Description

Thyme is an aromatic sub shrub thyme, being a compact low growing staple of any half decent herb garden. Thyme is well suited to growing in small pots within the most limited outside space. Tiny green foliage is born on a wirey mass of short stems and stems can cut and used in cooking.

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
  • Evergreen foliage for all year round colour and screening
  • Suitable for container growing
  • Suitable for exposed coastal planting
  • Tolerates full sun and sandy, drought-prone soils
  • Tolerates cold exposed locations

Design & Plant Use for Thymus vulgaris:

  • Evergreen ground cover suitable for problematic dry soils in full sun
  • Ideal for planting within the herb garden
  • Low growing ground cover planting on dry chalky soils
  • Ideal for informal cottage garden style planting

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

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