Thymus serpyllum

Thymus serpyllum



Position: full sun
Soil: well-drained soil
Flowering period: June to August
Height: 0,3m
Foliage: evergreen
Hardiness: fully hardy


Thymus vulgaris

Thymes are small plants and are grown for their aromatic leaves. There are many different varieties of thyme. Thymus vulgaris (common thyme) is one of the best known of all thyme varieties and for good reason. It is an undemanding plant, easy to grow in a pot.

The aromatic foliage is often used for adding flavour to the soup, meat, vegetables, especially tomatoes.

Thymus citriodorus

For lemon-scented leaves try Thymus citriodorus or Thymus ‘Lemon Variegated’.

Thymus serpyllum

Creeping thyme is ideal for edging paths and suitable for cracks in paving. Thymus serpyllum (creeping thyme) is a dwarf, evergreen shrub, producing masses of soft pink flowers in summer above dark green leaves. It grows to about 5cm tall.

Thymus serpyllum ‘Snowdrift’

‘Snowdrift’ is white-flowering, whereas ‘Silver Posie’ bears purple flowers with grey-green, white-margined leaves.

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Pruning Thyme                                           Flowers on Thymus vulgaris


Pruning thyme in a pot. Cut back after flowering to keep the plant compact and to promote plenty of new growth. Shorten stems by 5-7cm, pruning above a set of green leaves. Don’t cut back into leafless woody stems.

Pruning creeping thyme. Lightly trim after flowering to keep it in nice shape.


Don’t pick single leaves. Choose whole stems. Cut back the soft top growth by 5-7cm. Use a sharp knife or secateurs.

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Thymus vulgaris                             Thymus vulgaris in open ground


Thyme plant is fully hardy, but don’t like their roots in wet soil, especially in winter. So needs good drainage. If your soil is heavy, add horticultural grit to the soil before planting to improve drainage.