Wedgewood Thyme

Plant Specifications

Thymus Vulgarius ‘English Wedgewood, Well-Sweep’. Hardy Perennial. Sun. Height: 6” — 14”
An upright thyme that is a variety of English Thyme, with large variegated leaves.Normally defined as a perennial, we at Natures Herb Farm treat this thyme as an annual as it doesn’t do too well in high heat regions.

In the Garden

A robust and vigorous plant, the Wedgewood is a bit longer growing than most thyme selections, but in south Texas it will still need to be replaced every two or three years due to extreme heat. Bright yellow patches in the middle of the leaf with dark green edges presents a dynamic appearance. Perfect in containers, the Wedgewood Thyme prefers full sun with well drained soil. Prune frequently to keep the plant bushy. It blooms in May, with small pink flowers.

Plant Uses

Wonderful for ornamental and culinary uses. A bit sweeter and milder flavored than English thyme.

Silver Thyme

Plant Specifications

Thymus vulgaris, ‘argenteus’ Hardy Perennial Sun. Height: 8-12”
A small thyme with delicate silver edges outlining the green leaves. Beautiful clusters of pale pink flowers bloom at the end of the stems during late Spring.

In the Garden

Silver Thyme is a delicious addition to any culinary herb garden and has a dynamic appearance to boot. Grows in South Texas best during Fall and Spring, preferring slightly moist conditions in well drained, rocky soil. Culinary thymes like Silver Thyme, are small which make them perfect candidates for growing in a container.

Plant Uses

Can be used in any recipe calling for Thyme.

Provencal Thyme

Plant Specifications

Thymus vulgaris, ‘Provencal’ A cold weather hardy thyme. Height: 14” Spreads up to a Width 24”
A woody, upright growing thyme with grey-green arrowhead leaves on intertwining stems.
(Tom DeBaggio selected this variety for its strong aroma.)

In the Garden

The way this thyme grows, with its twisting branches, are great for cutting and use for arrangements, as well as in Mediterranean cooking. This thyme does well in various types of soil, but still needs to be well-drained.

Plant Uses

Highly recommended for culinary use since it is from the Provence region strong flavor for cooking. This thyme is a nice woody thyme for fresh arrangements with fragrance, a terrific Mediterranean flavor that is distinct and stronger in its oil. Fantastic for cooking in meats and great for olive oil dips. Superb for use in flatbreads.

Mother of Thyme

Plant Specifications

Thymus pulegioides “Aureus.” Perennial. Partial Sun. Height: up to 4 – 6”
Also referred to as Broad Leaf Thyme and Large Thyme.
A low growing herb with pink flowers in late Spring.

In the Garden

Deer resistant and attractive to bees and birds. Works beautifully as ground cover between stones in rock gardens or pathways. Well drained soil and keep sunlight cool – does not like too much heat.

Plant Uses

Predominately used as an ornamental, this plant is not for culinary use.

Lemon Thyme

Plant Specifications

Thymus x citriodorus (cross between a pulegioides and vulgaris) ‘Lemon’ Hardy Perennial. Sun. Height: up to 12”. Width: up to 14” Small upright, bushy plant with dark green leaves and a sweet lemony fragrance.

In the Garden

Wonderful in the garden due to its dark rich color and heady lemony scent. A rapidly growing thyme that has beautiful pale lilac blooms. Another thyme that insists on well drained, rocky soil and moist, not saturated water conditions. Prefers cooler temperatures, therefore does best in south Texas during the Fall and Spring.

Plant Uses

Excellent for culinary uses. Lemon thyme’s fragrance and flavor are perfect for fish, chicken, baking, salads and fruit dishes.

Lavender Thyme

Plant Specifications

Thymus vulgaris thracicus. Hardy Perennial. Sun. Height: 6” Width: 18”
An unusual thyme, it has dense, needle-like leaves with a strong lavender scent. A mounding ground cover that is proliferates quickly. Beautiful lavender purple flowers that bloom in early May.

In the Garden

Again, prefers Spring and Fall in South Texas and tends to die down in high heat. Cascading down the sides of pots, Lavender thyme prefers well-drained, sandy/rocky soil. Like most thymes, this one prefers to stay slightly moist, but not soaked! Thymes do not like their ‘feet wet!’

Plant Uses

For ornamental use, the thick ground provides a rich green in the Garden and its lovely cascading quality is perfect for hanging baskets.

Lanicaulis Thyme

Plant Specifications

Thymus vulgaris ‘ Lanicaulis’. Hardy Perennial. Sun. Height: 3” – 4”
A prostrate, fuzzy variety of thyme. Dark green foliage with a delightful pine scent.

In the Garden

This is one of the few ornamental thymes that can endure the Texas heat much better than other thymes. When the mercury soars, this plant will die down and rest during the hottest period. A rapid grower, the Lanicaulis Thyme sends out stem runners that will elegantly trail over a wall or in between rocks. Its blooms are a delicate pale pink color. After the high heat of summer, trim back bare stems for new growth during the cooler temperatures.

Plant Uses

For Ornamental Use only. Not a culinary thyme.

Golden Lemon Thyme

Plant Specifications

Thymus x citridorius ‘Aureus’ Hardy Perennial – but due to Texas heat you’ll find they’ll die down. Full Sun. Height: 8” Width: 12” An upright, bushy growing herb with golden edged leaves with the scent of lemon.

In the Garden

This thyme, with its colorful leaves and slight lemon scent, does best in sandy, rocky or well drained soil. Another thyme whose leaves becomes variegated during the intense growing season. Not recommended for pots, but in the landscape garden. When our south Texas heat gets going, the Golden Lemon Thyme loses its leaf variegation, dies down and rests.

Plant Uses

Stunning in the Garden and excellent in cooking with fish, fowl and soups.