• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigourous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Thymus vulgaris

Common thyme

Common thyme

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  • Other common names Common thyme
    Garden thyme

    Pot-herb thyme

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  • Synonyms Thymus vulgaris 'German Winter'

  • Genus Thymus are evergreen woody-based perennials, shrub or sub-shrubs with small aromatic leaves and terminal whorls of small, 2-lipped, tubular, purple, pink or white flowers in late spring or summer

  • Family Lamiaceae / Lamiaceae

  • Species T. vulgaris is a bushy dwarf shrub with small, linear to ovate, aromatic, dark grey-green leaves, and terminal spikes of small, whorled, white or pink flowers in early summer

  • Plant range W Mediterranean

Characteristics

  • Foliage Evergreen

  • Habit Bushy

  • Fragrance Leaf

Colour

Sunlight

  • Full Sun

  • Aspect South-facing or West-facing or East-facing

  • Exposure Exposed or Sheltered

Soil

  • Chalk

    Loam

  • Chalk

    Chalk

  • Chalk

    Sand

  • MoistureWell-drained

  • SoilLoam, Chalk, Sand

  • pHAlkaline, Neutral

Size

  • Ultimate height

    0.1-0.5 metres

  • Ultimate spread

    0.1-0.5 metres

  • Time to ultimate height

    5-10 years

How to grow

Cultivation Easy to grow in most well-drained alkaline to neutral soils in full sun

Propagation Propagate by seed, by division or plant rooted basal stem cuttings in spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types Flower borders and beds City & Courtyard Gardens Cottage & Informal Garden Mediterranean Climate Plants Wildlife Gardens

How to care

Pruning Cut back in spring

Pests Generally pest free

Diseases Generally disease free

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