“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.
This low spreading, evergreen Thyme has a lot to offer: golden variegated foliage, colorful flowers, and a tangy lemon aroma. Brimming with tiny pinkish purple blooms, the 3 to 4 in. long, flowering clusters enhance the gilt-edged, deep green leaves, which are especially bright-hued in the cool of spring. Creeping near Hebe ‘Champagne’, ‘Doone Valley’ makes a captivating, small-space ground cover.
Size: 5" high x 18" & spreading wide.
Hardy to zone 5.
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Other selections in this genus:
- 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 ‘Minor’
- Thymus serpyllum ‘Victor Reiter’
- Thymus vulgaris ‘Passion Pink’