Creeping Thyme Seeds - Magic Carpet
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
Soil Type: Well-drained, pH 5.8 - 6.8
Deer Resistant: Yes
Latin Name: Thymus Serpyllum
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, drought resistant 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, xeriscape 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.
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.
Magic Carpet | maintenance free
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
Chokes out weeds
Creeping thyme has many uses, but it’s the best choice for groundcover in your flowerbeds requiring low water usage. Using creeping thyme as groundcover chokes the life out of invasive weeds, keeping your flowerbeds free from weed growth. Planting creeping thyme in your xeriscape 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
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
- Xersicape landscaping where water conservation is desired