“I know a bank where the wild thyme blows,” says Oberon to Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Upright or creeping, these aromatic culinary herbs form luscious mats of ground cover or sprite-sized shrubs, embellished with miniature flowers in whites, purples and pinks. In the herb garden, or around and between stepping stones or bricks, Thymes love sun and well drained soil, and can even tolerate a dose of wind and salt spray.
Teensie-tiny miniature leaves comprise a snug carpet-like hummock that’s small in size, but big on charm. Remarkably rugged, the fuzzy, gray-green overlapping foliage belies its diminutive appearance, enduring some foot traffic and hot dry conditions. Pretty lavender-pink elfin flowers peek out from the fine textured soft-looking clump as it slowly mantles a staircase, the rockery or a Tom Thumb-like container planting.
Blooms July – August.
Size: 1" – 3" high x 12" wide.
Hardy to zone 4.
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Other selections in this genus:
- Thymus ‘Doone Valley’
- Thymus ‘Latavin Lucy’
- Thymus leuchotrichus
- Thymus neiceffii
- Thymus pannonicus
- Thymus ‘Pink Chintz’
- Thymus praecox ssp. arcticus ‘Albus’
- Thymus praecox ‘Pseudolanuginosus’
- Thymus pulegioides ‘Archer’s Gold’
- Thymus quinquecostatus
- Thymus ‘Rose Williams’
- Thymus serpyllum ‘Doretta Klaber’
- Thymus serpyllum ‘Victor Reiter’
- Thymus vulgaris ‘Passion Pink’