Thyme

Thymus 'Pink Ripple'

Photo/Illustration: 
Jane Grushow
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Thyme (Thymus 'Pink Ripple')
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Synonyms:  T. serpyllum 'Pink Ripple'
Genus:  Thymus

In early- to mid-summer, this mat-forming thyme erupts with masses of 6-inch-high spikes covered with pink flowers. The light green, tiny foliage, hugging the ground in mats, has a pleasing lemon fragrance when crushed. This plant shines when spilling over stone walls or between the cracks in paving stones, where passersby can tread on the leaves and release the lemony scent.

Noteworthy Characteristics: 

Thymes are well-loved by bees and butterflies. Plants spread to 8 inches or so.

Care: 

Grow in well-drained and average, neutral to alkaline soil in full sun. In early spring, shear the plants and lightly trim back after flowering.

Propagation: 

Divide in spring or fall, or sow seed in spring. Thymes are slow to germinate and hybridize regularly.

Problems: 

Gray mold, root rot.

Overview

Height
Less than 6 in.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit
Spreads
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Dry to Medium
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Attracts Butterflies,
Fragrant Foliage,
Showy Flowers,
Showy Foliage
Bloom Time
Early Summer,
Summer
Flower Color
Pale Dogwood
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Container,
Ground Covers,
Suitable as Annual,
Waterside
Style
Cottage Garden,
Formal Garden,
Herb Garden,
Rock Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Tolerance
Deer Tolerant,
Frost Tolerant
Type
Herbs

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