Plant Type: Perennials
A sun-loving herb valued as an ornamental ground cover. Forms a dense, flat mat of evergreen, dark green leaves that are smothered in bright magenta-red flowers from early through midsummer. In fall, the foliage turns a beautiful bronze. Lovely between stones on a path or cascading over walls.
Growing & Maintenance Tips:
Creeping thyme is native to hot, dry Mediterranean regions. Consequently it thrives in similar conditions in American gardens. Plant it in full sun and moderately fertile, average to dry, well-drained soil. (Keep plants watered until they are established.) Thyme benefits from occasional shearing after blooming to keep plants full and bushy. It does not need to be divided to stay healthy, but may need to be thinned out to prevent spreading.
Foliage ColorDark green
Plant Spread12 in.
Candytuft-Evergreen (Iberis sempervirens), Coral Bells (Heuchera ), Hen & Chicks (Sempervivum ), Pinks-Cheddar (Dianthus gratianopolitanus), Stonecrop-Blue Spruce (Sedum repestre)
Plant Height2-4 in.
Soil MoistureLow water needs, Average water needs
Characteristics & Attributes
Fragrant flowers or foliage, Edging, Container, Ground cover, Evergreen, Drought Tolerant, Salt Tolerant, Border
Bloom TimeEarly to mid summer
Critter ResistanceDeer resistant