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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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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 35 reviews
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E.M. (Kentucky)
Full Sun champs!

We are trying to replace all the turf grass in our front yard, but have really struggled to find something that could grow in all-day full sun. The red creeping thyme has been settled for about a year now and is doing incredibly! It is our dream to fill the whole yard with it, and we will continue to work toward that goal. Our fist step was to test a small area. Right now it Is growing over landscape rocks in pretty arid soil and growing like a dream! (It’s still winter, so not the prettiest picture but you can see how well it’s spreading).

W
W.J.B.J. (Massachusetts)
Red Creeping Thyme

Very good selection. Was hard to find and I am very satisfied with Great Garden’s managing my purchase.

S
S.W. (Washington)
Plant was dead on arrival 2 times.

Plant does not survive the transport.
Thank you for sending replacement after the first one died.

Hello Sally!
We're sorry to hear your replacement order didn't arrive to you in great condition. We're happy to offer a refund if your replacement plant didn't arrive in plantable condition. Thank you for your feedback!

c
c.p. (Massachusetts)
Half happy

I ordered two of these creeping thyme plants, planted them in the same bed same day and watered them equally. One died and the other one has clearly survived and I look forward to it coming back and spreading in the spring.

R
R.H. (Illinois)
Concerned

The plants are struggling to survive. I’m taking very good care of them and planted them in appropriate locations. Hopefully the coming winter won’t kill them, and they will thrive next year.