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Red Creeping Thyme

Description

  • Vibrant flowers bloom prolifically in summer!
  • Foliage and flowers are aromatic.
  • Easy to grow, thriving with little care.
  • Attracts butterflies and deters deer.
  • Zones 3-8, sun, 4" tall x 12" wide at maturity.
Zone 3-8
Light sun
low

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Hand-picked at our greenhouse

Shipped to your door

Arrives as young plant

More Information

Description Red creeping thyme (Thymus praecox) quickly spreads to form a lush carpet of small leaves and vibrant blooms! Soft green foliage is aromatic when touched or crushed. Hundreds of saturated pink and red flowers add even more fragrance as they bloom in early summer. The flowers are rich in nectar and are a magnet for butterflies. Keep your garden low maintenance with red creeping thyme! It grows densely, crowding out unwanted weeds as it spreads. The only requirement this deer-resistant and hardy ground cover has is a sunny spot with good drainage. Try planting it along pathways or as a lawn substitute for small spaces. Buying landscape plugs? Here is how much area they will cover: 6" spacing of 32 landscape plugs covers 6 sq feet 8" spacing covers 7.5 sq feet 10" spacing covers 11 sq feet 12" spacing covers 16 sq feet Details Botanical name: Thymus praecox 'Coccineus'
Common name: Red creeping thyme
Zone: 3 - 8
Sun exposure: Sun (> 6 hours sun)
Height x width: 2-4" X 12"
Flower color: Dark pink
Foliage color: Green
Bloom season: Summer
Uses: Alpine, container gardening, cottage gardening, edging, ground cover, naturalizing, rock garden, small spaces, underplanting
How To Grow Soil: Grows well in well-draining soils.
Light: Sun (> 6 hours sun) is needed for best foliage and bloom.
Water: Keep soil moist but not wet as plants establish. Once established, it tolerates dry conditions.
Spacing: 12-18"
Fertilizing: If desired, feed plants lightly in spring with fish fertilizer or any liquid plant food.
Winterizing: Cover the plants with lightweight mulch to protect the plants over the winter. Prune away winter-killed stems in spring.
Maintenance & pruning: Shear back spent flowers. In the South, plants may "mug off" in the summer heat and humidity. Cut the plant back, and you'll see new growth when the weather cools.  Can be divided during the spring months.

Customer Reviews

Based on 51 reviews
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(25)
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J
J. (North Carolina)
Disappointing

It came in quickly and looked full, but as soon as planted they’re all brown. Disappointing to say the least; hoping they come back next spring…

Hello! We're sorry to hear about your Red Creeping Thyme! Please email pictures of the plant to claims@greatgardenplants.com, making sure to put your order number and name in the subject line so that we may provide the best assistance possible. Rest assured, we do have a 60-day guarantee on all of our plants. If you received your plants within that timeframe, we will be happy to apply your warranty once we receive the pictures. Happy Gardening!

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G
G.W. (California)

half the plants arrived doa

Hello! We apologize you received your plants not up to our standards. As we try our best to provide exceptional service, some factors like shipping and handling are outside of our control, and issues like this can sometimes happen. Please email pictures of any plant(s) in question to claims@greatgardenplants.com, making sure to put your order number and name in the subject line so that we may provide the best assistance possible. Rest assured, we do have a 60 day guarantee on all of our plants. If you received your plants within that timeframe, we will be happy to apply your warranty once we receive the pictures. Happy Gardening!
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C
C.W. (Minnesota)
Red Creeping Thyme

I recently planted my creeping thyme where I thought it would get 6 hrs. or more of sunlight. It is in reality only getting 2- 3 at most. I'm thinking of transplanting it to a more sunny location. Is this advisable? I would hate to lose the 32 landscape plugs I had planted. Sincerely, Cheryl

Hello! We're always here to help. If the area where the Red Creeping Thyme is plant is only receiving 2-3 hours of sunlight we recommend moving it. If you keep it where it is currently, there is a chance that it will survive, but it most likely will grow super slow and won't flower. If you have any additional questions, we'd be happy to provide additional guidance. You can reach us at info@greatgardenplants.com. Happy Gardening!

G
G.K. (New Jersey)
Great plants

We purchased 22 of the red creeping thyme and they are doing great. Flowering and already branching out. These will be a great yard addition

D
D. (Connecticut)
Plants didn't make it

Followed all the directions. Even received replacements. They all died.

Hello! Thank you for your feedback. We're sorry to hear that you've had trouble with Red Creeping Thyme. A very common problem this time of year is underwatering, especially as the summer heat kicks in. We'd be happy to assist you further. Please send these photos to claims@greatgardenplants.com. Happy Gardening!