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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 47 reviews
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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!

J
J.J. (Virginia)
Red Creeping Thyme

I was excited to order 10 red creeping thyme to plant along my new dry creek bed, but unfortunately none seemed to have survived the transition. They were planted right away and watered regularly to help them get established, but they all dried up and don’t seem to be making a recovery. They were in reasonable condition when they arrived, but very dry. We had an unusual heat wave shortly after planting that may have been too harsh for the plants. Perhaps they would have adapted better if purchased locally. I’m hoping at least one or two might return next year, but it doesn’t look promising.

Hello! Thank you for your feedback. We have noticed a lot of gardeners struggling to keep their plants well watered during these hotter days we're experiencing. 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!

M
M.D. (Illinois)
Red Creeping Thyme Waste of Money

I had purchased a Red Creeping Thyme plant for nearly 50 dollars. I thought it was going to be seeds but it was just one plant and it came in a huge box that was nearly 3 feet long and it was only about the size of a quart, fully bloomed and weak, after I planted it, it received light in the morning, and shade mid-day, and plenty of water in rich soil. This plant completely died in a week. Totally dead, black, no life. The only way it could have died so quickly is if there was something wrong from the shop.

Definitely feel like I wasted my money trying out a bed of red creeping thyme and I'd prefer a refund, but after I complained the lady on the phone pretty much said 'tough luck' and dismissed my issue so unless I get a refund I'll dismiss this company in favor of a local plant store.

Hello! Thank you for your feedback. As mentioned on our website all of our plants are shipped as young plants with well established root systems. I was able to pull up your order and you purchased one, 1-quart size Red Creeping Thyme for $14.99. Red Creeping Thyme is a full sun plant needing 6+ hours of sunlight a day. This information can be found on the 'How to Grow' page linked below.

We do offer at 60-day warranty on all of our plants and have always held by that. Please email your photo to claims@greatgardenplants.com and we will refund your purchase. Unfortunately, we cannot replace your item because we are sold out.

Happy Gardening!

https://www.greatgardenplants.com/products/red-creeping-thyme

D
D.c. (California)

Half of my plants were kind of dry and few days before planting they got totally dry that my Gardner said most likely they won’t grow back . I sent 2 emails but haven’t heard from great garden yet.

Hello! We're sorry to hear that you received plants not up to our standards. It looks like one of our customer service specialists replied to your email and requested photos from you on 6/1/2022. Once we receive the photos we will be happy to send you replacements or refund your purchase. Please send pictures of any plant 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. Happy Gardening!

C
C.D. (Maryland)

Good condition. Although a mole got one😔😪