Creeping Thyme Seeds
USDA Zones: 3 - 9
Height: 4 - 6 inches
Bloom Season: Summer
Bloom Color: Purple
Growth Rate: Moderate
Environment: Full sun to partial shade
Foot Traffic: Light
Soil Type: Well-drained, pH 5.8 - 6.8
Deer Resistant: Yes
Latin Name: Thymus Serpyllum
Creeping Thyme (Thymus Serpyllum) - Would you like a perennial, drought tolerant ground cover plant that is an evergreen and very little maintenance? Look no further than Thymus Serpyllum seeds to grow a wonderfully hardy ground cover directly in the garden or border! Just 4 - 6 inches tall, Creeping Thyme ground cover plants are completely covered in 1/4 inch bells of carmine-pink for months on end. Bees and butterflies love it and so will you! Creeping Thyme will spread to 18 inches in width in no time at all. Grow in well-drained neutal to alkaline soil in full sun. After flowering, cut vigorous thymes back hard to maintain compactness. In an alpine house, use equal parts loam, leaf mould, and grit.
Approximately 2,700,000 seeds per pound.
Creeping Thyme does well in sunny beds, borders, rock gardens, and spilling over rock walls. It is lemon-scented, with fine dark green foliage and slightly hairy leaves.
Creeping Thyme Seed | Planting
How to grow
How To Grow Creeping Thyme From Seed: Plant Creeping Thyme seeds directly outdoors after frost danger has passed. Prepare a seed bed, loosening the soil and weeding it. Scatter the Creeping Thyme ground cover seeds and press the seeds firmly into the soil. Keep the seeds consistently moist.
If you want to get a jump start on the Creeping Thyme ground cover plants, sow the seed indoors 6 - 8 weeks before the last frost. Transplant the young seedling into the garden 6 - 12 inches apart.
- Sowing Rate: 1/8 pound covers approximately 5,000 square feet
- Average Germ Time: 14 - 21 days
- Keep moist until germination
- Attracts bees and butterflies
- Depth: Do not cover seed, but press into the soil
Ground Cover Specifications
Once Creeping Thyme is established from ground cover seeds it is fairly drought tolerant. Creeping Thyme plants are tough enough to handle some light foot traffic, and both rabbits and deer do not bother it. Creeping Thyme self-sows readily, dropping it seeds after flowering season is over. This keeps a robust stand of Creeping Thyme thriving. In the fall, it can be sheared back to tidy it up.
- Height: 4 - 6 inches
- USDA Zones: 3 - 9
- Season: Perennial
- Deer Resistant: Yes
- Drought Tolerant: Yes