- Type Herb, creeper
- Lifespan Perennial, 3-4 years
- USDA Zones 5-9
- Light Full sun, some shade
- Water Only when dry
- Soil Well-draining
- Prune Aggressively through season
- Flowers White, pink, purple
- Hates Humidity, wet feet
Thyme: A Field Guide
The Mediterranean herb thyme has many uses. In days past, thyme served as a symbol of fortitude and an embalmer in death. Today we relish this herb in chicken salad or infused in a good vinegar. But beware, only a select few varieties belong in the kitchen. Others should remain underfoot as a ground cover.
Thymus vulgaris—French or common thyme—is the most popular of the culinary cultivars. Others, each with its own scent, include: T. citriodorus (the very fragrant lemon thyme), T. herba-barona (creeping caraway thyme), and T. pulegioides (oregano-scented thyme). Beware: The popular woolly thyme is not a culinary herb. If your garden is a windowsill, place a pot facing south and enjoy.