Thyme, Thymus vulgaris, is one of the best-known and most widely used herbs. It’s a striking plant with purple flowers, attracting bees and other insects. It grows into a spreading carpet of tight, shrubby growth and is ideal for filling in crevices in rock gardens and patios. It’s also suitable for growing in pots with other Mediterranean hers, such as oregano. The foliage releases a strong aroma when crushed or brushed against.
For best results, grow Thymus vulgaris in free-draining soil in a good sunny position. Clip it back annually after flowering and protect from frost in winter.