Garden Thyme

Thymus vulgaris

Garden Thyme - Thymus vulgaris

Common Name: Garden Thyme
Genus: Thymus
Species: vulgaris

Category: Shrubs and Sub-shrubs
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Has fragrant flowers/foliage, Good for wildlife, Good for a rock garden

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.25 m (25 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 0.50 m (50 cm)

Foliage Type: EvergreenFlower Colour: Purple, Pink, White
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: June & July

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained

Thymus vulgaris is a well known herb. Technically a sub-shrub, because it only has woody basal stems, the top growth never really becomes woody. It is low growing, evergreen and has small, fragrant, dark green leaves. In early summer, clusters of small flowers are produced. The flower colour can vary, being purple, pink or white. Thymus vulgaris would be a good choice for a wildlife garden because the flowers attract bees. Varieties of thyme are also popular for growing between paving stones and along path edges.


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