Creeping Thyme Seed - Thymus Serpyllum Magic Carpet Ground Cover Seeds

Creeping Thyme Seeds - Magic Carpet

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Groundcover Specifications

Season: Perennial

USDA Zones: 4 - 8

Height: 2 inches

Width: 12 - 18 inches

Bloom Season: Late spring to early fall

Bloom Color: Carmine-pink

Growth Rate: Moderate

Environment: Full sun

Foot Traffic: Moderate

Soil Type: Well-drained, pH 5.8 - 6.8

Deer Resistant: Yes

Planting Directions

Temperature: 68F

Average Germ Time: 21 - 28 days

Light Required: Yes

Depth: Do not cover the seed but tightly press into the earth

Sowing Rate: 500 seeds covers 10 square feet

Moisture: Keep seeds moist until germination

Plant Spacing: 12 inches

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Care & Maintenance: Creeping Thyme

Creeping Thyme (Thymus Serpyllum Magic Carpet) - If you have a stepping stone path or a flagstone patio, growing Magic Carpet seeds is a great way to add a beautiful, low-growing thyme to the walkway and patio crevices. Creeping thyme ground cover is only 2 - 4 inches high, and it spreads and flowers for most of the summer. Magic Carpet thyme is perfect for edging the flower border, rock gardens, walkways, patios and in containers. The ground cover plants are full of tiny pink clusters of blooms that are attractive to butterflies. The groundcover is lemen-scented, and it is a maintenance free, hardy plant that will give years of beauty and enjoyment.

Lovely, low-growing

Creeping thyme ground cover is only 2 - 4 inches high. Magic Carpet thyme is perfect for edging the flower border, rock gardens, walkways, patios and in containers.

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How to grow

Magic Carpet From Seeds: Sow the ground cover seeds in starter trays indoors 6 weeks before the last expected frost. Press the Thyme seeds into the soil but do not cover them. Transplant the young seedlings into the garden 12 inches apart.

After frost danger has passed, creeping thyme seeds can be directly seeded in a prepared seed bed that is weed free and has had the top several inches loosened and raked fine. Scatter the Magic Carpet seeds and press them firmly into the soil. The ground cover seeds must be consistently kept moist. If weeds grow along with the thyme, it's best to hand pull them.

  • Attracts butterflies
  • Deer Resistant
  • 2 - 4 inches tall
  • Moderate growth rate
  • 12 - 18 inches in width
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Chokes out weeds

Creeping thyme has many uses, but it’s the best choice for groundcover for your flowerbeds. Using creeping thyme as groundcover chokes the life out of invasive weeds, keeping your flowerbeds free from weed growth. Planting creeping thyme in your garden allows you to enjoy the sweet fragrance of the plant when it starts to flower.

  • Average Germ Time: 21 - 28 days
  • Depth: Do not cover the seed
  • 500 seeds covers 10 square feet
  • Keep seeds moist until germination
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Landscaping considerations

Magic Carpet Thyme is a dense herbaceous evergreen perennial with a short-and-wide habit of growth. The dark green foliage is eclipsed by bright magenta-pink flowers in early summer adding texture to your garden.
 

This is a carefree and low maintenance plant, and is drought tolerant once established. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone. Creeping thyme does not do well with excessive moisture, so be careful not to over-water and drown this groundcover.
Magic carpet is commonly used for:

  • Border Edging
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • Filler between stepping stones
  • Barefoot-friendly walkways