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Thymus vulgaris - English Thyme
ENLARGE IMAGE Healthy green foliage for a mat-like ground cover

Thymus vulgaris - English Thyme

Delightfully scented, classic thyme
Item: #THYEN3P
ZONE 5,6,7,8,9
As low as $8.19
  • Fast growing, fragrant ground cover
  • Used in cooking
  • Drought tolerant and deer resistant
  • Beneficial to pollinators
  • Ship size: 3 ½" Pot
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Thymus vulgaris - English Thyme Description

Some classics stand the test of time, like English thyme for instance. This tough, low-growing herb can easily be used in ornamental applications to provide the lush, nicely scented greenness we’ve come to depend on. Growing thyme between pavers, as edging, or in pots will give you access to its many fine traits. In areas with traffic, just a light brush by it is enough to release its scent into the air and remind you to trim a bit to use in your next savory meal. It’s also highly attractive to bees and butterflies in the spring when its show of light pink flowers arrive in multitudes, bearing plenty of nectar for those hungry pollinators.

Special features: Attracts butterflies, cold hardy, deer resistant, drought tolerant, low maintenance, fast-growing, fragrant, edible

Quick Facts

  • Botanical name:
    Thymus vulgaris
  • Common name:
    English thyme
  • Zone:
  • Sun exposure:
    Sun (6+ hrs/day)
  • Delivery:
    See schedule
  • Ship form:
    3 1/2" Pot
  • Soil type:
    Normal, sandy
  • Soil moisture:
    Dry, average
  • Height x width:
    6-12" X 6-12"
  • Flower color:
  • Foliage color:
  • Bloom season:
    Early summer
  • Uses:
    Alpine & rock, container gardening, cottage gardening, edging, ground cover, rock garden, small spaces, edible, pollinator garden
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Soil: Grows easily in average soils, but prefers sandy or rocky soils with good drainage. Will tolerate and perform well in poor soils.
Light: Performs best in full sun.
Water: Prefers dry conditions and will not tolerate overly moist or soggy conditions. Likely to develop root rot if overwatered in soil that has poor drainage.
Spacing: 6-12" apart
Fertilizing: Does not require fertilizer.
Winterizing: If planted in its coldest zone (5) it benefits from original garden placement in an area protected from strong, freezing winds in winter. If already planted in a cold corridor, cover with mulch.
Maintenance & pruning: If it starts to get woody and leggy, sheer back to last layer of healthy green and it will bulk up.