In early summer, the dense mats of tiny, dark-green leaves are covered with small white blossoms on 3″ stems that the bees find irresistible. We find the contrast between foliage and flowers enchanting.
Thyme is easy to grow and forms dense evergreen mats, blanketed in early summer with countless small flowers. It requires full sun and well-drained soil, and that is about all. Thyme is a perfect ground cover for hot, dry places and makes a delightful edging for an informal path. Because it tolerates foot traffic, it's also excellent for planting between stones in a dry-laid terrace or walk.
For more information on the growing and care of Thyme, click Growing Guide.
HOW PLANTS ARE SHIPPED
The size of the plants we ship has been selected to reduce the shock of transplanting. For some, this means a large, bareroot crown. Others cannot travel bareroot or transplant best if grown in containers. We ship these perennials and annuals in 1 pint pots, except as noted. We must point out that many perennials will not bloom the first year after planting, but will the following year, amply rewarding your patience. We ship bulbs as dormant, bare bulbs, sometimes with some wood shavings or moss. Shrubs, Roses, vines, and other woody plants may be shipped bareroot or in pots. The size of the pot is noted in the quick facts for each item.
WHEN WE SHIP
We ship our bulbs and plants at the right time for planting in your area, except as noted, with orders dispatched on a first-come, first-served basis by climate zone. Estimated dates for shipping are indicated in the Shipping Details box for each item. Please refer to the Shipping Details box to determine the earliest shipping time. Unless you specify otherwise, fertilizers, tools, and other non-plant items are shipped with your plants or bulbs. Please supply a street address for delivery. Kindly contact us with two weeks notice, if you'll be away at expected time of delivery.
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Thyme (Thymus) is easy to grow in full sun and well-drained soil. Prune away winter-killed stems in spring and then feed plants lightly with a balanced fertilizer. After bloom fades, shear back spent flowers, cutting 1–2″ into the leaves to keep plants compact and to encourage new growth. In the West, prune plants at any time to keep them dense. In the South, plants may "mug off" in summer heat and humidity—cut back and once weather cools you will see a flush of re-growth.
Thyme is rarely troubled by pests or disease. English Thyme (T. vulgaris) is perennial in Zones 4–9; French Thyme (T. vulgaris) in Zones 4–10; and Lemon Thyme (Thymus x citriodorus 'Variegata') in Zones 6–8.