Small evergreen shrubs; in the catalogues they are classified among.
The common thyme is a culinary herb, not entirely winter-hardy. The ornamental forms are much less tender, ground-covering creepers, flowering profusely in summer. Provide a sunny situation.
Porous sandy soil. Propagation By division, from, or from .
Thymus X atriodorus, lemon-scented thyme: Height 10-25 cm; pale-pinkin mid to late summer; the foliage is lemon-scented. ‘Silver Queen’ has dark-green, white-edged .
Thymus serpyllum, creeping thyme: Height 10-15 cm; purple-pinkin summer months. In ‘Coccineus’ the flowers are carmine red, in ‘Splendens’ they are dark red.