Saturday, June 30, 2007

Thyme in the Garden

Thyme, an aromatic and herbaceous evergreen, is a welcome versatile addition to our garden as it ranges from low mat-forming ground covers to spreading mounds and small shrub-like plants 6-12" in height.

Thymus serpyllum, Creeping thyme or Mother of Thyme, varies in color from white to shades of pink and rose to deep purple. Currently this beauty is in bloom throughout our landscape as it sweeps across the pathways and puts on quite the kaleido- show!

Another favorite, Woolly thyme (Thymus pseudolanuginosus), will soon yield pale pink flowers atop its exceptionally soft gray-green foliage. Keep in mind that they require sun for the best blooming.

Next to a small sedum, Lemon Thyme ( Thymus citriodorous 'variegata'), with its yellow variegated leaves, is snipped on occasion to add a lemon-thyme flavor to a poultry, fish, or vegetable dish.

Sun loving, mat-forming, drought tolerant, walkable, fragrant and colorful, it is a honey plant for bees, and it can be used in soups, stews, poultry, fish, sauces...

Hmm... walk on it or cook with it! Now I ask you, who wants a lawn when you can have all of this?