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Thymus 'Porlock'


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Plant type


Flower colour



Flowers, Aromatic foliage, Attractive to wildlife



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Plant details

Some creeping thymes can easily become invasive if introduced into gardens, but cultivated versions such as 'Porlock' are much better behaved. This variety is outstanding for its conspicuous pink flowers and its dense mats of small rounded leaves. Plants are useful for flowering ground cover in exposed situations such as on a windy bank, and also good for growing in containers including hanging baskets in windy gardens. They also make good herb lawns when planted through gravel, and make hard-wearing plants to grow between cracks in paving slabs.

Family: Lamiaceae

Genus: Thymus

Cultivar: Porlock

Plant type: Herb

Flower colour: Lavender

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Flowers, Aromatic foliage, Attractive to wildlife

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Chalky/alkaline, Dry, Sandy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 5cm

Spread: 60cm

Flowering period: June to July

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