How to Grow Herb Common English Thyme from Seed

Thyme

Thymus vulgaris

Thyme, Common

Aromatic leaves season meats, poultry, stews, sauces, soups and dressings.

Thyme is one of the most widely used culinary herbs. It is commonly grown as a decorative and functional plant in many home gardens, and bees use its pollen to make delectable honey. It is easy to grow and adaptable to most soils and climatic conditions and is perennial in USDA zone 5-11. Start early indoors.

Sun: Full Sun

Height: 6-12  inches

Days to Maturity: 180-200  days

Sowing Method: Indoor Sow

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“This Greek herb loves heat and sun and is a magnet for honeybees. The flavors of thyme are strongest when it grows in well-drained soil, so consider planting it in a raised bed or mulching with gravel.”

Introduce scenery from the Greek Isles to your garden with lush plantings of thyme. This sun-loving, drought-tolerant herb carpets hillsides in Greece, thriving in well-drained soil. Drought conditions concentrate the aromatic oils in thyme, so the drier your growing conditions, the better. In your garden, tucking plants into raised beds or mulching them with gravel will give thyme the conditions that cause it to thrive and be flavorful.

The flowers beckon honeybees, so add thyme near vegetable gardens to assure an ample supply of pollinators. Shear plants back after bloom, cutting off about a third of stems. With dainty proportions, thyme suits containers or the tight growing quarters between stepping stones.

Thyme introduces a savory flavor to dishes, such as roasted vegetables, soups, and sauces. It is also a key ingredient in bouquet garni, fines herbes, and herbes de Provence. Use thyme to enhance poultry, beef, pork, or seafood. This herb also adds a kick to cheese and egg creations. Thyme’s oils take time to be infused into dishes; add thyme early in the cooking process to release the greatest flavor.

Light:
Sun
Zones:
4-9
Plant Type:
Perennial,Herb
Plant Height:
3-12 inches tall
Plant Width:
18 inches wide
Flower Color:
Blooms are bluish-purple to pink
Bloom Time:
Plants flower in spring
Landscape Uses:
Containers,Beds & Borders,Slopes,Groundcover
Special Features:
Flowers,Attractive Foliage,Fragrant,Dried Flowers,Attracts Butterflies,Drought Tolerant,Deer Resistant
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  1. The Editors of Garden Variety says:

    Very informative!

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