Creeping Thyme Seeds (Thymus Serpyllum)
Creeping thyme, or wild thyme, is a hardy perennial groundcover that can be easily propagated by sowing creeping thyme seeds. It reaches a height of 2-4 inches and can spread up to 18 inches wide. The plant has small, oval-shaped, typically green leaves, with some varieties displaying hints of silver, gold, or bronze. The leaves emit a pleasant fragrance when stepped on or brushed against, adding an aromatic touch to your garden. Creeping thyme produces clusters of tiny, tubular flowers ranging in colour from pale pink to deep magenta, depending on the variety. These flowers bloom from early to mid-summer and attract pollinators such as bees and butterflies, contributing to a healthy and thriving garden ecosystem.
Uses for Creeping Thyme
- Groundcover: Creeping thyme is an ideal choice for a low-growing groundcover, filling spaces between stepping stones, rocks, or other landscape features. It helps prevent weed growth and soil erosion, while its low height ensures it won’t compete with other plants in your garden.
- Pathways and borders: Plant creeping thyme along pathways or garden borders for a fragrant and visually appealing touch. The plant can withstand light foot traffic, so it’s perfect for lining walkways or creating soft, natural edges around garden beds.
- Rock gardens: Creeping thyme’s ability to thrive in well-draining soil makes it an excellent addition to rock gardens, where it can cascade over rocks or fill in gaps between stones.
- Pollinator-friendly gardens: Since creeping thyme attracts bees, butterflies, and other pollinators, it’s a valuable addition to pollinator-friendly gardens. Incorporate creeping thyme among other flowering plants to support a diverse and flourishing ecosystem.
- Aromatic Gardens: The pleasant fragrance emitted by creeping thyme’s leaves makes it an ideal candidate for aromatic or sensory gardens. Plant it alongside other scented plants to create an enchanting, multi-sensory outdoor space.
For information on growing thyme, please read our article here: How to Grow Thyme: The Ultimate Guide.