“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 and ornamental herbs form luscious mats of ground cover or sprite-sized shrubs, embellished with miniature flowers in whites, purples and pinks. Sprinkled throughout the herb garden, or around 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 thatís 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 longiflorus
- 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’