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Thyme Common Compact

Thymus vulgaris Compactus

Forms a dense mound of scented foliage

A must have herb for keen cooks. This is a variation of common thyme. It makes a neat, spreading mound of aromatic green leaves. Through the summer it is covered in masses of tiny pink-purple flowers, which butterflies and bees love.

Where?

Happiest in a sunny spot, works well in a container, edging a pathway or in a raised bed.

How?

Easy to grow in a well-drained soil but add some coarse grit to the planting hole if your soil is heavy and wet in winter. Harvest the young leaves as required. Use a good quality general purpose compost for container growing and raise the pot on 'pot feet' through the winter months to help with drainage.

Add the leaves and flowers to flavour soups, stews, sauces, stuffing and salads.

Plant details


In depth plant information

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Plant type Herb, Perennial herbaceous
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available February - September
Season of interest Summer
Flowering July - August
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 40 cm - 50 cm
Plant width 40 cm - 50 cm
Fragrant flowers Yes
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 30 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H5

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Loam, Light sand
Light exposure Part shade, Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained
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. Position the stake in the hole, on the side of the prevailing wind and drive it into the soil, to a depth of 60cm. The stake should be a third of the height of the tree, when planted. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole close to the stake, with the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Use two tree ties to secure the stem to the stake. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year. Check ties regularly and adjust them as the tree grows.

Planting site Rock garden, Wildlife garden, Mediterranean garden, Coastal or drought resistant, Cottage garden, Informal garden, City garden, Courtyard garden, Flower border and beds, Gravel garden

Additional Information for Fruit, Veg and Bulbs

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Sowing March - December

Typically available

From February to September