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Thymus vulgaris

Garden thyme

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Plant type


Flower colour



Flowers, Aromatic foliage, Attractive to wildlife



Skill level


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Plant details

Common garden thyme is one of the best-known and most widely used herbs, very popular in its basic culinary form and also as several lovely varieties that merit use in a rock garden or as an edging to garden paths. The solid shrubby growth is covered with tiny evergreen foliage, which can be harvested at any time and will keep its satisfying density if clipped 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: Herb

Flower colour: White

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: 30cm

Spread: 40cm

Flowering period: June to July

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