Low Growing Thyme - Knowledgebase Question

Summit, NJ
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Question by TigerJFD
March 27, 1998
We left two inches between the bluestones in our patio and walk to grow a low ground cover to give it the look and feel of an English garden and understood that there is a low growing thyme we could use. Where can we get it?

Answer from NGA
March 27, 1998
There is a very low growing thyme called Woolly Thyme (Thymus pseudolanuginosus). It forms an undulating mat about 2 inches high. Its leaves are very tiny, gray and kind of woolly. I would suggest setting out young plants in spring or summer. These plants can generally be found at any good garden center.

My mother grew these in up-state New York with great success. They smelled just wonderful when trod upon and the green between the stones always looked lovely.

If you can't find the plants locally, try Carroll Gardens (ph# 800-638-6334)--they carry a large selection of thymes on pages 66 and 67 of their current catalog. (By the way, wooly thyme is also called "wooly mother-of-thyme".

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