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Thymus - Thymes

There are some 350 species of Thymus (Thyme) but only a few are used as ornamental plants, including T. serphyllum (Creeping Thyme), T. citriodorus (Lemon Thyme) and T. pseudolanuginous (Woolly Thyme). All are evergreen woody-based perennials, shrub or sub-shrubs with small aromatic leaves and whorls of small, tubular, purple, pink or white flowers in late spring or summer. Some make terrific groundcovers, others are more suited to filling between pavers where food traffic is light. Not to forget those primarily grown as culinary herbs! Easy to grow, they all require good drainage and a sunny position.

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Thymus 'Silver Posie' (Common Thyme)

Both useful and ornamental, Thymus 'Silver Posie' (Common Thyme) is a bushy dwarf evergreen shrub with a wonderful foliage of white-margined, aromatic, gray-green leaves with a hint of pink on the tips. In late spring to early summer, the plant is smothered in clusters of small, tubular, bright purple to white flowers

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Thymus 'Silver Queen' (Lemon Thyme)

Award-winning Thymus 'Silver Queen' (Lemon Thyme) is a bushy dwarf evergreen shrub with a sweet lemony fragrance. The foliage of small, edible, ovate leaves is dark green edged in silver. It provides excellent ornamental value in the garden.

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Thymus citriodorus 'Doone Valley' (Lemon Thyme)

Thymus citriodorus 'Doone Valley' (Lemon Thyme) is an aromatic, mat-forming, evergreen sub-shrub with a pleasant lemony fragrance. The foliage of small, edible, rounded leaves is dark green, tipped with bright gold in fall and winter.

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Thymus Coccineus Group (Creeping Thyme)

Thymus Coccineus Group (Creeping Thyme) includes dwarf, aromatic sub-shrubs forming a showy carpet of tiny, glossy, blue-green leaves. Blooming profusely in early to mid summer, it features clusters of small, deep pink, tubular flowers.

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Thymus pseudolanuginosus (Woolly Thyme)

Primarily used as a ground cover, Thymus pseudolanuginosus (Woolly Thyme) is a creeping, mat-forming sub-shrub forming a dense cushion of small, dark green leaves usually covered with long hairs. The foliage may take pink tones in cold winters.

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Thymus pulegioides 'Aureus' (Golden Large Thyme)

Award-winning Thymus pulegioides 'Aureus' (Golden Large Thyme) is an aromatic, bushy, evergreen sub-shrub primarily grown as a culinary herb for its strongly lemon-scented, bright yellow leaves. Harvested throughout the growing season, the small, rounded leaves emerge chartreuse in spring, turning green with distinctive golden edges the rest of the year.

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Thymus serpyllum 'Elfin' (Creeping Thyme)

Primarily used as a ground cover, Thymus serpyllum 'Elfin' (Creeping Thyme) is a dwarf, aromatic sub-shrub forming a tight cushion of tiny, rounded, gray-green leaves. Blooming profusely from early to mid summer, it features clusters of tiny, lavender-pink flowers.

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Thymus serpyllum 'Magic Carpet' (Creeping Thyme)

Primarily used as a ground cover, Thymus serpyllum 'Magic Carpet' (Creeping Thyme) is a dwarf, aromatic sub-shrub forming a tight cushion of tiny, rounded, dark green leaves. Blooming profusely from early to mid summer, it features clusters of tiny, bright magenta-pink flowers.

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Thymus serpyllum 'Pink Chintz' (Creeping Thyme)

Award-winning Thymus serpyllum 'Pink Chintz' (Creeping Thyme) is a dwarf, aromatic sub-shrub forming a carpet of tiny, rounded, slightly woolly, dark green leaves. Blooming profusely from early to mid summer, it features clusters of small, salmon-pink flowers.

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Thymus serpyllum (Creeping Thyme)

Primarily used as a ground cover, Thymus serpyllum (Creeping Thyme) is a dwarf, aromatic shrub forming a low cushion of tiny, pointed, glossy blue-green leaves that turn bronze in the fall. Blooming profusely from early to mid summer, it features clusters of tiny, deep pink-purplish flowers.

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Thymus vulgaris (Common Thyme)

Thymus vulgaris (Common Thyme) is a dwarf, aromatic shrub primarily grown as a culinary herb in herb gardens. It forms a low cushion of branching, woody stems clothed with small, linear to ovate, dark gray-green leaves. The leaves are highly aromatic and are frequently used fresh or dried as a seasoning in a variety of culinary applications

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Thymus x citriodorus (Lemon Thyme)

Tough and durable, Thymus × citriodorus (Lemon Thyme) is an aromatic, bushy, evergreen sub-shrub primarily grown as a culinary herb for its strongly lemon-scented, tiny leaves. Harvested throughout the growing season, the oval to lance-shaped, dark green leaves may enjoy a creamy variegation.

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