Elfin Thyme Dying - Knowledgebase Question

Rancho Santa Maragrita,, Ca
Question by franklinquan
January 17, 2010
I have elfin thyme planted between flagstones. In the summer, it was growing and doing well. Since winter started, a lot of the thyme has died and the rest does not look healthy. Is this normal for winter or is there too much/too little water or something else wrong?

Answer from NGA
January 17, 2010


Elfin Thyme is one of the best plants to use between flagstones. I have it in my yard and while it does look a little ragged during the winter months, it usually perks up nicely in the spring. Sometimes there's some dieback - I suspect due to poor rainwater drainage but my plants always recover each spring. Wait until March and then clip back any dead stems. Healthy new stems should emerge and in a few weeks the plants should fill out and look nice between the stones. I hope yours performs just as well - only time will tell!

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