Take Your Thyme

Erin Conant

I’ve learned there are few plants that can survive the neglect that many of us can cast on our garden. Thyme is one of them.

Nothing weathers the storm with such grace and tenacity as thyme. I have gone weeks in the summer without even considering its existence – much less its well-being – and mine still looks as full and healthy as the day I bought it.

See just how useful and versatile this herb is.

  • Thyme thrives in many soil types, loves full sun and is drought-tolerant, making it an above-average replacement for a small patch of turf or groundcover. Its low-growing habit, evergreen leaves and durability fit well into xeric landscapes, rock gardens and along pathways.
  • With more than 400 species available, thyme has a wide variety of flavors, scents and appearances. Lemon thyme has a delicious citrusy taste and smell, while Elfin thyme is remarkably low-growing and attractive when planted between flagstone.
  • Thymol, the natural derivative of thyme’s essential oil, has antiseptic properties and is the active ingredient in many popular brands of mouthwash and other dental products.

Find some time to plant your thyme today!

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