Spread. by Jill M. Nicolaus (critterologist) May 22, 2008. The plant has a low growing habit, reaching maximum heights of four inches, with a typical spread in the region of one foot across. Red Creeping Thyme – This variety of creeping thyme also goes by the moniker, “coccineus.” This variety of creeping thyme bursts into bloom with magnificent magenta flowers. A creeping thyme lawn is not only drought resistant, but it generally requires much less water than traditional turf grasses too. Just take a small 2 inch stem of the plant and stick it into your rooting medium. Natural Areas Conservation Training Program, Black walnut toxicity (plants tolerant of), Preventing construction damage to trees and shrubs, Trees and shrubs for the four seasons landscape, Sudden Oak Death, Ramorum Blight and Phytophthora ramorum, Eastern United States Wetlands Collection. You can search, browse, and learn more about the plants in our living collections by visiting our BRAHMS website. These stems spread out horizontally over the ground and can root where they come in contact with the soil. Trailing-rooting ground covers have trailing stems that spread out from a central root system. After 3-4 years plants will become woody and you will want to plant them over again from seed. Foliage colors range from silvery gray to dark green. ‘Translucent Golden Thyme' and my seed-grown English thyme have traditional herbal aromas. Jun 30, 2018 - Explore Janetha Nelson's board "Creeping Thyme", followed by 257 people on Pinterest. Within a submenu, use escape to move to top level menu parent. From top level menus, use escape to exit the menu. Use of this Web site constitutes acceptance of the Davesgarden.com Terms of Use, Rules, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy. But until it forms a dense mat, you'll have to pull out any weeds that try to invade. Building the urban forest for 2050. Add to Any Collection My Collection. Blooming Summer. Herbs don't mind being pampered! Flower Dark pink. Summary Information It has been used to treat whooping cough, colic and bronchitis as well. [ Home | As an antiseptic, creeping thyme can be made into a tea to treat a sore throat or used topically to disinfect cuts and scrapes. Thymus 'Silver Queen' (Lemon Thyme) Add to Collection. See more ideas about ground cover, creeping thyme, plants. Creeping thymes also make a wonderful border for hardscape features such as patios and paths. It tolerates both drought and moderate foot traffic. Some thymes produce sets of leaves very close together while others are spaced further apart. Explore this online platform for Chicago-area residents to share their favorite stories about trees. As you would imagine from its common name, it spreads in a creeping fashion, like spreading vines. Use of this Web site constitutes acceptance of the Davesgarden.com. Creeping thyme is a low-growing, spreading, perennial herb that has been utilized for centuries not just for its epicurean qualities but for its medicinal properties as well. This plant herb comes in many varieties ranging from tiny to round leaves in shades of lime green, dark green, and yellow with white edging. It is hardy to USDA zone 4, can be walked upon and will rapidly spread to fill in a space. Read articles about: Ground Covers, Herbs, Propagating Plants, Thyme, Thymus, Better known as "Critter" on DG, Jill lives in Frederick, MD, where she tries to fit as many plants as possible into a suburban back yard. Layering is just a way of encouraging the plant to do what it does naturally, sending down roots where a stem comes in contact with the ground. Creeping thyme ground cover is only 2 - 4 inches high, and it spreads and flowers for most of the summer. They're easy to propagate, so you can turn a couple of plants into a nice border for a sunny bed. It seems especially at home in formal rose gardens: softening stepping stones, accenting individual plants, or carpeting entire planting beds. Upright clusters of tiny pink-purple flowers cover the plant early to mid-summer. Establishing thyme as a border or groundcover can take a couple of seasons, depending on how much you're willing to initially invest in plant material. Use enter to activate. Genus: Thymus. Some thyme plants make good groundcovers, and you can walk on creeping thyme, but you may not want to use plants grown in a pathway for cooking. Our trees. Most varieties have an added bonus of wonderful fragrance and delicate flowers. Creeping thyme should be pruned in the spring in order to maintain a compact appearance and again after the small white flowers are done blooming if additional shaping is preferred. It will grow in well-drained soil and thrive in full sun to light shade areas. 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