are very few ground covers that can be walked-on,
but creeping thyme is one of them. So it makes
an ideal ground cover to use between stepping
stones, near the patio adjoining walkways or around
stones and boulders. However, those are not the
only uses for this versatile low growing ground
cover. Because of its low growth habit, it can
be used effectively in the foreground of just
about any planting in the landscape. It is especially
popular to use in spots where the plants can cascade
over a rockery or fill-in between evergreen plants.
thyme grows about two to four inches high and
can spread up to two or more feet in width. The
leaves are very small, but dense and cover the
low growing plants. Foliage color varies in shades
of light to dark green and the variety 'Woolly'
thyme has attractive grayish foliage. They flower
in the late spring and early summer. The plants
flower so prolifically, you can hardly see the
evergreen leaves below. Creeping thyme is an easy
plant to maintain, as it does not tend to take-over
and can easily be confined to a specific area.
It requires well-drained soil.
versatile plants will grow in full sun, part sun
and shade, even full shade. However, they don't
flower quite as well in shade and will tend to
grow a little more sparse.