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29/07/2012 at 22:38

hi was just wondering if anyone has this ground covering plant in their garden? and whether it is just the purple colouring you can get or if there are any other colours avaliable? me and my partner are going to be doing a stepping stone effect down at the bottom of our garden and was thinking this would be a lovely neutral plant to put in between the gaps any suggestions/ feed back welcome xx

29/07/2012 at 23:03

I have a lovely golden thyme and the ordinary green thyme which I use in cooking. I cut some herbs the other day i used thyme,oregano,sage and rosemary put them in a mug chopped them up with scissors added some butter and combined it all and put it under the skin of the breast of the chicken we had for dinner. We had that with roasted veg it was yummy. Hope your not a vegetarian

29/07/2012 at 23:06

My husband is a very keen cook, so I like (or rather NEED) to grow lots of thyme for him to use in his cooking.  I kid you not, he uses a large sprig of fresh thyme if not every night, then every other night.  As 'head gardener', that is quite some pressure!

It is very easy to grow from seed. Thymus vulgaris is what you would normally look for.)  I've got some coming up right now in a half tray.  The best thymes for cooking tend to be those that produce little or no flower.  If you're not fussed about using it in cooking you can get varieties with purple, pink or white flowers.  If it's purely for decoration it would pay you to seek out a specialist grower. If it's for a path you need the 'creeping thyme' varieties that grow low.  Have you looked at the specialist seed growers such as Nicky's seeds http://www.nickys-nursery.co.uk/ ?

I don't know where you live, but if you're anywhere near Laurel Farm Herbs  http://www.laurelfarmherbs.co.uk/ they are very good with herbs for culinary use.  We bought a rosemary from them once which had fantastic flavour and had the most amazing blue flowers, but we left it behind when we moved house, more's the pity.

29/07/2012 at 23:35

i would love to use it for cooking as well as decoration im in fife so prob a fair distance away lol xx

30/07/2012 at 00:23

Fair do's.  They're nice people, so they might be able to suggest someone closer to home you could buy from, if you give them a ring.

30/07/2012 at 00:32

yeah i could do theres no harm in asking i guess, you wont know til you ask as they say lol! is there anything similar to this plant that we could mix with it?

30/07/2012 at 15:01

Most Garden Centres sell a reasonable selection of different Thymes. But, do be aware that there are some which make quite substantial busshes rather than creeping along the floor. For example Lemon scentted Thyme makes a 12 inches tall bush. For in between paving slabs you want forms of T. serpyllum, of which there are a lot of varieties in reds, pinks and white and with different leaf colours.

30/07/2012 at 15:09
I did the same in my garden a few years ago now. I went to my local garden centre and bought a few pots of thyme making sure they said they were a "carpeting" variety. As Berghill says, some of them can grow more bush like. I split each pot into a few small plants and now they have spread together filling the spaces between the stones. Mine are a mix of colours, purple, pink and pale pink almost white. I will have a go at uploading some photos if I can.
30/07/2012 at 16:38

tht would be great xx

30/07/2012 at 16:42

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/10381.jpg?width=175&height=128&mode=max

    Here goes, not sure if the size of the pics will be right as it is the first time uploading on here!

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/10384.jpg?width=426&height=160&mode=max

 Some of the thyme are more tightly knit as they grow than others but all creeping varieties. They are just coming into flower now.

Hope it gives you the idea chellie!

 

 

30/07/2012 at 18:45

that looks lovely really cant wait to get ours strted :P

30/07/2012 at 19:24
Thanks chellie. I must say I am pleased with mine. I kept it watered until it was well established but now it looks after itself. It copes with a bit of walking on and I just trim it back when it creeps too far over the stones. I don't use it for cooking, just ground cover. The more purple one usually ends up covered in flowers and is the lowest growing.

Good luck!
30/07/2012 at 19:28

how long did it take for yours to get established? x

30/07/2012 at 19:51
Tricky to remember, I think I planted them 5 or 6 years ago. It was April time, the Easter hols, when I planted them and they were quite sparse to begin with as I split up each plant I bought into about 4. I kept them watered that year. By the following year they were more knitted together I think.
30/07/2012 at 19:53

perfect think it looks lovely! x

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