For those that can’t get enough of Mediterranean cuisine, growing thyme should definitely be on your ‘must-grow’ list this season. Native to the warm climates of the Grecian coast, thyme has long been used as both a landscape plant. And, it’s even a savory addition to a multitude of dishes made with eggs, meat and almost any vegetable. The Scottish Highlanders even praised tea made from thyme for its courage-boosting and strength-giving properties.
Not only is thyme beautiful to look at and delicious to taste, it also plays nice with other garden plants. Rather than sucking away every available nutrient and taking over space, thyme keeps to itself. Yet thyme also provides every gardener with a tasty harvest all season long.
Today there are over 400 species of thyme available. The various types range from small evergreen perennials to woody shrubs with a mix of white, purple and pink flowers. You can find a variety of thyme to match just about any flavor profile. Plus, the variations in color and size make it an herb that looks stunning anywhere.
Start Growing Thyme
Though it’s possible to plant thyme directly from seed, the process isn’t worth it for most gardeners. Because thyme has such a low germination rate and needs plenty of babying before it even sprouts, most people prefer to propagate it from cuttings or plant it from nursery transplants. Not only is it dead easy to propagate thyme this way, it’s also a simple to strategy to ensure your plants stay true to the genes of their parent.