Thyme has over 350 varieties and can make an interesting collection. Thymus is claimed to have volatile oils that have anti-ageing properties and good anti-oxidants to aid health. It retains its flavour after drying and can be stored successfully.
Time for some Growing Tips on Thyme
- Place container or grow in a sunny position to get stronger flavoured leaves.
- Use free draining soil or plant through a good layer of gravel
- Thyme looks good in a pot but avoid using a rich compost or you will get tasteless leaves and no flowers
- Trim the plant after Thyme has flowered to stop it becoming woody.
- Propagate from cuttings before flowering in spring or divide in spring.
- T. vulgaris, T. frgrantissimus and T. Serpyllium can be grown from fine seed which should be sown with sand on top of soil watered from the bottom.
- Bees are attracted to the pink flowering Pink Ripple.
- Cooking with Thyme and home grown Tomatoes is a special joy but add Thyme early so it has chance to release its flavours.
Herb Garden Design Using Thyme
- Create a carpet on a path on banking to display the herbs.
- For best ornamental effect mix upright varieties and creeping varieties and vary the leaf colour ‘Archers Gold’, ‘Coccineus major’ and ‘Doone Valley’ have a mix of magenta and purple flowers with varigation on leaf colour.
- A wheel shape or Octagon effect can be created as a garden feature
- ‘T. Vulgaris Silver Posie’ is reliable in winter weather