Thymus serpyllum, T. vulgaris
MOTHER-OF-THYME Thymus serpyllum
Also known as creeping thyme. Low growing, hardy perennial ground cover with small fragrant leaves and lavender summer flowers. Called both Mother-of-Thyme and Creeping Thyme, and by either name it is an excellent ornamental edible to plant between stepping stones, or edge herb and vegetable gardens. Mother-of-Thyme is an excellent container plant; provides cascading carpets of irresistible fragrance and color.
Mother-of-Thyme leaves are used as seasoning or in potpourris. Employed medicinally, it is believed to aid digestion and calm coughs. Makes a soothing tea. Mother-of-thyme is a deer resistant, winter hardy perennial to zone 5. Packet is 1,500 seeds.
SUMMER THYME Thymus vulgaris
Best culinary thyme, higher essential oil content; a spicier, more pungent flavor for meat, poultry, and fish. Grows 6-12 inches tall, more upright growing than most thymes. Easy to grow in pots or herb garden. Winter hardy to zone 6, can grow as an annual everywhere. Packet is ⅛ gram, about 500 seeds.
How to Plant Thyme Seeds
Sow Thyme seeds in cell packs or flats, press into soil but do not cover. Needs light to germinate. At 70° F., germination is in 14-21 days. Transplant 6-12 inches apart.
Growing Thyme Seeds: Provide Thyme full sun or part shade, and well-drained soil. Needs little summer water once established. One tbs. of dried thyme leaves, or 2 tbs. of fresh thyme, steeped 5 minutes in 8 oz. of hot water makes an excellent tea. Strain and add honey to taste.