Thymus vulgaris

Garden thyme

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour

Blue, Purple


Scented flowers



Skill level


Thymus vulgaris

Plant details

Thyme, Thymus vulgaris, is one of the best-known and most widely used herbs. It's a striking plant with purple flowers, attracting bees and other insects. It grows into a spreading carpet of tight, shrubby growth and is ideal for filling in crevices in rock gardens and patios. It's also suitable for growing in pots with other Mediterranean hers, such as oregano. The foliage releases a strong aroma when crushed or brushed against.

For best results, grow Thymus vulgaris in free-draining soil in full sun. Clip it back annually after flowering, and protect from frost in winter.

Family: Lamiaceae

Genus: Thymus

Species: vulgaris

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Blue, Purple

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Scented flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 30cm

Spread: 40cm

Flowering period: June to July

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