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Groundcover File
Description
 
Thyme - Creeping
Thymus 'Elfin'
Below: Thymus 'Wooly'
 
Height:   2-4"
Width:   18"+
Exposure:   Sun or Shade
Water:   Low
Hardiness:   USDA Zones 4-8
Pruning:   Not necessary

There 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.

Creeping 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.

These 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.

 
  Groundcover List
  Ajuga
  Asian Jasmine
  Blue Star Creeper
  Cotoneaster
  Creeping Fig
  Creeping Jenny
  Creeping Raspberry
  Euonymus
  Iceplant
  Ivy
  Junipers
  Liriope
  Mazus
  Mondo Grass
  Rose Red Cascade
  Sedums
  Thyme - Creeping
  Veronica
  Vinca - Periwinkle
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