In order to grow creeping thyme, you should first decide where you want to plant it. Creeping thyme is an evergreen perennial herb commonly used as a ground cover and alternative pathways in gardens. It grows low to the ground, which makes it perfect for this. It is also used as an spice in foods like soup, eggs, sauces, breads, vegetables, and meat dishes. Creeping thyme blossom colors range from red, white, lavender, to rose, making it ideal for use as a splash of color to a drab outdoor area without the hassle as it’s fairly easy to grow and survives well with little to no care.
Dividing is the most popular method of growing creeping thyme. Though new plants can also be started from seed, it can be hard to find. Seeds can be sown anytime between May and August, whereas plant starts can be dug and divided during March, April and May. Avoid fall transplanting because the cold winter frosts can raise plants and cause winter freeze damage. Creeping thyme blooms in the late spring to early summer.
Prepare soil by mixing generous quantities of organic matter or fertilizer into the planting soil, 6-10 inches deep. Creeping thyme grows best in a soil with an alkaline pH. Make sure your planting area is well-drained. Plants will grow in full sun, partial sun, partial shade and even full shade. However, in full shade, they grow or flower to their full potential.
Creeping thyme is typically available in plastic flats. Hole depth and width is determined by the size of the flat. If you’re trying to cover large areas, space new plants about 6 inches apart in a triangular or square pattern to form a ground cover. If you live in a particularly rainy climate, sometimes adding a thick layer of gravel mulch is helpful in preventing the roots from sitting in overly wet soil. You can also add mulch during the winter months to protect from frost. If you’re using creeping thyme in a rock garden, however, mulch isn’t necessary.