|Thyme growing indoors in a sunny window|
|Thyme growing outside zone 5|
Here are some reasons to grow Thyme in your garden:
Thyme is easy to propagate-you can either start this plant from seed or from cuttings. I usually grow mine from seed and never had an issue with germination. I both wintersow and start them indoors under lights.
Thyme is easy to grow-all it needs is well drained soil and plenty of sun. They do not necessarily need full sun-I have success growing Thyme in part shade in my gardens. It is also one of the easiest herbs to overwinter indoors.
Thyme is delicious-it works in all kinds of recipes and soups and works well with other herbs. I especially like using it with garlic in recipes and in soups. Just trim off sprigs with a pair of scissors when you need it.
Thyme has many varieties to choose from-not only is there common Thyme but there are lemon scented, orange scented, caraway scented, variegated, wooly, the list goes on.
Thyme is a hardy perennial-grows in zones 4-9. It might need to be mulched heavily in the northern part of the growing zone.
|Lemon Thyme in winter|
Thyme works well with other plants-not only do I grow it in a container, I have it growing in my flower beds with my perennials.
|White flowered variegated Thyme|
Thyme makes and excellent ground cover-varieties such as Wooly Thyme, Creeping Thyme and Mother of Thyme are short and make excellent ground covers along walkways and edges. They are also a great addition to Fairy gardens and Rock gardens.
|"Twist of Lemon" Thyme makes a great aromatic ground cover|
Thyme is deer and rabbit resistant-because of it's pungent odor it is rarely ever bothered by critters in my garden.
Thyme is insect and disease resistant-I personally have never had an issue with either on my plants.
Thyme is attractive to pollinators-especially bees.
Thyme is evergreen-even in the northern zones. It provides winter interest in your garden and you can enjoy Thyme all year as long as it isn't covered in snow.
|Thyme in winter|
Thyme is easy to grow in a container-I have a pot of it on my front steps all summer and then I haul it in when it gets cold.
Thyme is drought tolerant-in fact the flavor intensifies with a little neglect.
Thyme has health benefits-it has been touted as an anti-septic, anti-viral, anti-fungal, etc. and is used in aromatherapy.
So, I hope I have given you enough reasons why Thyme would be a wonderful addition to your garden. There are so many wonderful varieties to choose from that you might have a difficult "thyme" picking just one! If you have any questions or comments feel free to leave them in the comment section:-)) Until next time-