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Golden Large Thyme


Thymus pulegioides Aureus

Decorative and delicious

A bright and cheerful form of thyme with small, rounded gold and green variegated leaves on a mat of short, upright stems. The leaves are intensely aromatic and larger than many varieties of thyme; they are perfect for cooking. Short spikes of tiny lilac flowers appear at the tips of the shoots in summer, these are very attractive to bees in search of nectar and pollen. A charming plant whether grown with other herbs or with other ornamentals. Perfect for small gardens.


Plant in full sun at the front of beds and borders, in gravel or in gaps in paving. Ideal for a rock garden. Perfect for pots and containers.


Any well drained soil. On heavy soils mulch the soil surface with grit or gravel to protect from winter wet. Remove dead or damaged growth as necessary and clip over after flowering. A very drought tolerant plant once established.

Thyme has culinary and medicinal uses as well as ornamental. The ancient Egyptians used it for embalming

Plant details

In depth plant information

Property Value
Plant type Ornamental shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available March - September
Season of interest Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
Flowering June - August
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 10 cm - 20 cm
Plant width 10 cm - 50 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 20 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H5

Will perform best in these conditions

Property Value
Soil type Chalk, Sand, Loam
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained, Moist
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Patio container, Gravel garden, Rock garden

Check store availability

14 cm pot £3.99 Check Stock

Typically available

From March to September