As a comment about Common Thyme (Thymus vulgaris), valleylynn wrote:

This culinary thyme self-sows easily in my Oregon, zone 8, growing conditions. It is my favorite "go to" cooking herb in my garden. I have it growing in a raised bed with sandy loam soil, topped with chicken grit. Seems to be very drought tolerant in our hot and dry summer months of July, August, and September. The plant in the photo taken 11/21/2015 is 4 years old and seems very happy planted in one of the cinder block holes. I imagine the roots have run very deep down the two stacked blocks.

Even in fall and winter the leaves have a nice strong thyme flavor and scent.
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Nov 24, 2015 4:16 PM CST
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Name: Ruud
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I am not so surprised of the drought tolerance. Living in Europe I have it often found high up in f.e. Spanish mountains like Pyrennees and Sierra Nevada, usually quite abundant on the dry site of these (which are very dry indeed!). High up in these mountains also explains its cold tolerance. They are very adaptable and will also grow in my own backyard (rather cold and wet compared to their natural habitat). They will even thrive under these conditions but... the scent and taste... it's ok but just not that of a high mountain grown plant!

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Nov 24, 2015 7:00 PM CST
Name: Lynn
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Hi Rudd.
I agree with you on the cold and wet, it does diminish the flavor somewhat, but is still better than what I would get from the grocery store. The best I ever had was in Lebanon, up on the mountains. The scent filled the air. It was heavenly.
But our hot dry summers brings that amazing strong scent and flavor out.
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