Mother Of Thyme
“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.
Dressed up with a fresh pink blanket of bloom and a delicate texture, ‘Pink Chintz’ is one of the first Thymes to flower. Obscured by its colorful cover, this vigorous ground hugger’s small grayish green leaves are strongly scented, close-knit and fuzzy. Try tucking Mother of Thyme in the rockery alongside Stachys ‘Silky Fleece’ and Dracocephalum ‘Blue Dragon’ for a detailed association.
Size: 1" – 2" high x 18" wide.
Hardy to zone 5.
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Other selections in this genus:
- Thymus ‘Doone Valley’
- Thymus ‘Latavin Lucy’
- Thymus leuchotrichus
- Thymus neiceffii
- Thymus pannonicus
- 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’