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Creeping Thyme

Creeping Thyme

Creeping thyme is a low-maintenance plant that can grow between bricks and stones of garden paths or near parking strips. These plants can withstand heavy foot traffic and do not need frequent mowing. Here's a little about this plant.
Gardenerdy Staff
Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Lamiaceae
Genus: Thymus
Species: T. serpyllum
Introduction
Creeping thyme is a scented herb that is a member of the genus Thymus. Its botanical name is Thymus serpyllum. It is a robust plant that will spread a lemon-scented aroma in your garden. It has bright-colored flowers and will spread about 18 inches in your garden. It is just 5 to 8 inches tall and has dark green leaves. This is a perennial plant that can grow in almost all locations in the US. The seeds dropped after the flowering season germinate and sprout the following spring. So, you can expect new growth every year after the flowering season. The seeds will make sure you never run out of the plant in your garden. There are different varieties of creeping thyme that have been enlisted below.
  • Woolly Thyme
  • Elfin Thyme
  • Mother-of-Thyme
  • Creeping Pink Thyme
  • Caraway Thyme
  • White Moss Thyme
Is it Edible?
Creeping thyme can be used in cooking, though it is not used as frequently as common thyme. It is used as seasoning for many green salads as well as vegetable and beef dishes. The leaves are dried and used as a herbal tea by many in the United States and Europe.
When to Plant It
Creeping thyme is a perennial herb that is native to Europe and North Africa. It is very easy to grow and is a spreading type of shrub. It is generally grown for its fragrance and the flavor it adds to foods. In summer, you can plant creeping thyme six weeks before the first frost. This will help the roots get established before the frost. Mulch the plants lightly and water them regularly. You can also plant the herb in spring. The best time is about one month after the last frost.

You can grow the herb in your home garden without taking much effort. Just follow the instructions given below and see the herb flourish in the garden.
  • Plant it in an area that receives plenty of sun. This plant will, however, do well in an area with light or partial shade. It requires well-drained soil with average fertility.
  • Dig a hole in the soil that is as deep as the plugs you will get from a nursery.
  • Remove the plastic container and place the plant in the hole. Backfill the soil and mulch lightly. Water the plant thoroughly.
This is all that is needed to grow creeping thyme. You can grow the herb in your garden and enjoy the aromatic fragrance of this plant all day long.