Creeping Thyme Thymus Serpyllum Drought Tolerant Ground Cover Plant Seed

Creeping Thyme Seeds

Groundcover Specifications

Season: Perennial

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

Planting Directions

Temperature: 70F

Average Germ Time: 14 - 21 days

Light Required: Yes

Depth: Do not cover the seed but press into the soil

Sowing Rate: Plant creeping thyme seed at 1/8 lb per 5,000 square feet

Moisture: Keep seeds moist until germination

Plant Spacing: 6 - 12 inches

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.

Pleasantly fragrant

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.

wild thyme flowers

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
creeping thyme wild seeds

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