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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 is one of the best-known and most widely used herbs, very popular in its basic culinary form and also worth using in a rock garden or as an edging to garden paths. Thymus vulgaris is a striking variety with purple flowers. It grows into a spreading carpet of tight, shrubby growth and is ideal for filling in crevices in rock gardens and patios, the foliage also releases a strong aroma when crushed or brushed against. To get the best from your plants clip them back annually after flowering. Plants revel in hot sunshine and drought, so give them very good drainage, and in cold gardens protect them from hard frost or grow them as container plants.

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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