Aromatic leaves season meats, poultry, stews, sauces, soups and dressings.
Sun: Full Sun
Height: 6-12 inches
Days to Maturity: 180-200 days
Sowing Method: Indoor Sow
“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.
- Plant Type:
- 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