Thyme is not only a wonderful plant but it is also rather hardy and used in a range of recipes as well as being a fantastic ground cover. However, you may not be aware that there are a number of different varieties for you to choose from and to show the range we are going to look at those that are best as ground cover as well as those that are more suitable for culinary reasons.
Ground Cover Thymes.
- Annie Hall Thyme.
Annie Hall thyme comes with dark green leaves and is absolutely perfect for going in between paving stones. The plants are relatively small at just ¼ of an inch in height and they are also quite hardy as well although they do love full sun.
- Lavender Thyme.
This thyme is not only low growing but it is also very sturdy and it has a mix of the thyme smell as well as some lavender thrown in. This is more of a rockery variety as it does grow to 3 inches in height and cannot stand as much walking on.
- Elfin Thyme.
With it growing up to an inch in height it is still going to suitable as a ground cover plant between paving stones. It comes with a dark pink flower and it loves full sun and is also relatively hardy with it being capable of withstanding quite a lot of walking on it.
- Pink Chintz Thyme.
This variety has a rather interesting name. This is a creeper plant and is slightly more delicate than others. Its leaves are fuzzy in nature and is quite close together and with it growing to just one inch in height it is perfect for ground cover.
- Lime Thyme.
With this, the leaves are light green and there is a citrus scent hence the name. It grows up to six inches in height so it is not good between paving slabs but it is useful in a border as a ground cover especially as it flowers later than other forms.
- White Moss Thyme.
This is also known as Creeping White and it does produce white flowers that stand up about two inches in height although when it is not in bloom it is only ½ an inch. It loves full sun and it is best in the corners where there is less walking.
- Mint Thyme.
Mint thyme is perfect between flagstones but it does not have a mint scent. It tends to have pink flowers and it will grow to around an inch in height when in bloom and half of that when it is not.
- Heretus Thyme.
This has an intriguing name and it also looks different in that it has long gray green leaves so people would not think of it as being thyme. It will produce lilac flowers and it is wonderful as a ground cover plant but it can grow up to three inches in height so keep that in mind when deciding where it is going to go.
- Woolly Thyme.
This thyme is both soft and silver in color and it is often used in borders as a ground cover option. It will never really flower but its foliage makes up for that fact. It does grow up to one inch in height so it can also work between paving stones and can be walked on.
This is bright and is seen as working well against darker stones due to the contrast. It is perfect for flagstones and it does grow slow as well which can also work in your favor. It has pink flowers and only grows up to ½ an inch in height which is why it is so good in paving.
- Hall’s Woolly Thyme.
If you are looking for a fast growing plant that is also flat, then this is the one for you. It will grow between one to three inches in height and it will also produce dark pink flowers and will love you if it is put in full sun.
- Silver Needle Thyme.
The name explains what this looks like but you should also know that the plant is very soft to walk on as well. It will also produce pink flowers and it looks good almost as a trailing plant. It only grows up to one inch in height as well.
- Coconut Thyme.
This plant does not taste like coconut and nor does it smell like one so the name is misleading. It will produce a mass of flowers that are lavender in color and the plant will only grow up to two inches in height as well.
- Reiter’s Thyme.
This thyme is seen as being one of the most aggressive when it comes to the creeper varieties so you have to take this into consideration. It grows up to two inches high and has pink flowers with it preferring full sun.
- Lemon Frost Thyme.
This variety does indeed give off a lemon scent which is quite strong. However, its flowers are white in color and it is a fantastic ground cover plant. It grows up to a maximum height of 1 inch and it is quite hardy to stand on.
- Creeping Pink Thyme.
Creeping Pink is too big for between paving stones so it has to go in a rockery or on a border. However, the biggest surprise with this is that the flowers are not pink but rather they are purple in color.
- Caraway Thyme.
If you want a fast growing plant that smells of caraway, then this is the variety for you. It is rampant in how it spreads and it does mean that you have to think about where it is going or it will completely dominate even though it does not grow to a great height.
Thyme. Doone Valley
If you want a strong lemon scent, then this could very well be the perfect plant for you. The plant spread out by about 18 inches and the flowers can go as high as four inches in height so keep that in mind when thinking about where it should be planted.
- Loveyanus Thyme.
Loveyanus thyme is not that well known even though it has such a strange name. The flower heads end up roughly the size of golf balls and they bloom in early spring. The plant is best away from paving due to its size.
- Pink Lemonade Thyme.
With an intriguing name such as this it is no surprise that people are interested in what it can offer. It has pink flowers and a lemon scent and will cover the ground in next to no time.
- Silver Thyme.
Silver thyme has just a sliver of white on the edge of the plant hence the name. It will grow up to one foot in height with pink flowers and it requires full sun for it to really develop fully.
- Hi-Ho Silver Thyme.
It may have an interesting name, but this thyme has green with extensive white lines around its edges. It will grow up to one foot in height and it can be used in any recipe that says thyme is perfect.
- English Thyme.
This is the most common form of thyme and it is also known by a number of other names although those are mainly countries. However, it is easy to grow and once again can be used in any recipe that calls for thyme as an ingredient.
- Caraway Thyme.
As this smells of caraway seeds, then you can begin to understand why it can be used in recipes due to its rather distinct flavor. The plant may be small in size but it can pack a punch with flavor.
- Pennsylvania Dutch Tea Thyme.
Another variety with an intriguing name, it has large leaves and is often used to make drinks due to its flavor. You can use it either fresh or dried as well and is often swapped for English thyme.
- Italian Oregano Thyme.
Growing up to a foot in height, this variety is able to be pruned back after flowering so it grows again. In recipes, it works well with pork.
- Orange Balsam Thyme.
This version has a strong and rather pungent aroma although it can also be used in any recipe that calls for the use of thyme as a key ingredient. However, as it can be quite powerful it should not be used in excess.
- Lemon Thyme.
With a strong lemon scent, this is a fantastic ingredient to include in all kinds of dishes. It is easy to grow, is easy to find, and the best part is that it works so well.
- Juniper Thyme.
A pungent smell and silver leaves is the best way of describing this variety. It is fragrant and grows up to 6 inches in height.
- Gray Hill Lemon Thyme.
This is another version of lemon thyme which is able to be used in a range of recipes. It is easy to grow, is hardy, and requires full sun so you will then be able to really benefit from it with your food.
So there you have it, a range of both ground cover and culinary forms of thyme and it is now up to you to decide which ones you should be thinking about growing at home. However, what is to stop you from trying out a few of them?