Common name: Thyme

Family: Labiatae

Plant type Perennial, shrub
Height 1 to 10 inches
Spread 6 to 10 inches
Habit Spreading, low growing, bushy
Foliage Evergreen
Growth rate Slow
Interests Flowers, foliage
Uses Borders, kitchen herb, rockery
Skill level Beginner
Maintenance Slight
Hardiness 4
Heat zone
Sun Full sun to part shade
Moisture Dry to moist
Soil type Slightly acid to slightly lime
Soil fertility Moderate
Water consumption Moderate
Site Sheltered to average
Flower colour Pink
Flower season Early summer to mid summer
Flower size Small
Foliage colour Green, yellow, white variegated
Fruit colour
Edible parts
Harvest time
Features Scented foliage

Thymus are dwarf shrubs and perennials with scented foliage. They are useful in rock gardens and coloured leaf forms can be used in winter planters and baskets. In summer they bear usually pink flowers.

Thymus grows best on well-drained soil in full sun or light shade.


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