Thyme, Creeping –
There are a great many selections of Thyme grown in gardens, all of them with edible leaves and some degree of fragrance and flavor. This is a vigorous mat-forming species, with dark green leaves and clusters of bright rose-purple flowers. One of the best for large groundcover plantings. Also nice in the rock garden, or used in mixed containers and tubs. May be mown in early spring. Easily divided in spring or early fall. Drought tolerant, once established. Attractive to butterflies. Evergreen.
Winchester Gardens generally stocks this item.
Red, Pink, White
Gather fresh thyme leaves as needed throughout the growing season. To dry thyme, cut stems after plants have flowered, waiting until new growth produces stems 3-4 inches long. Snip stems early in the day, after dew has dried, gathering stems into small bundles. Hang stems upside down in a dark, well-ventilated place. Check leaves for dryness; fully dry leaves crumble when pressed between fingers. Strip dried leaves from stems, and store in airtight jars.