Crop production of this perennial herb starts in spring and continues until autumn. It prefers rich soil in full sunlight with lots of drainage. The plants reach a maximum height of four feet and the flowers are small, white-colored with purple or red streaks. Growing creeping thyme as a crop is successful if the soil is firm and there is a need for periodic application of organic matter and fertilizer.
As for other creeping herbs, growing creeping thyme is a very productive form of herb gardening since it can be harvested frequently and used fresh on the spot. Just like other creeping thymes, growing creeping thyme is very flavorful with a distinctive aroma and taste like caraway or mint. To harvest growing creeping thyme, remove the whole leaves from the plants or trim them finely and store in airtight containers or bags, preferably in a cool and shady place. In summer, you can take the herbs out of storage and dry and store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
During the autumn, the plants lose their leaves and the flowers drop. The leaves and flowers of Caraway and Cuminseeds, both types of creeping herbs, wither and die. You can cut off and dry the plants to retain the best fragrance and flavor. The stems can also be dried and stored, but the longer the storage the less aromatic the herb will be.
A beautiful addition to your landscape is growing, creeping thyme. The low-growing perennial herb can grow up to five feet tall and it features a sexy, attractive foliage. In addition, the herb’s fragrance is very pleasing and sweet, adding to its popularity. This low-growing perennial is perfect for a deck, patio or garden in your home.
Most gardeners choose low-growing herbs because they are easy to keep alive and away from diseases. Many people also prefer to use this herb indoors as a culinary herb because it can be used for cooking and in salad dressings. This low-growing, aromatic herb can also be used in poultices for soothing and healing. For example, ground cover for the sore throat may be made using the creeping thyme leaves and flowers, and the herb can be used as a cough suppressant.
The flowers of this perennial are full of color and are popular for their beauty and scent. It blooms in the spring and produces lovely, colorful flowers. It is a member of the mint family and grows wild on wooded areas near creeks and rivers. Caraway is often planted in herb gardens as a decorative ground cover because of its lovely flowers. Because of its bright purple flowers, the flowers attract butterflies.
There are several other popular creeping thyme varieties that are easy to grow and ideal for indoor gardens. These include the annual varieties that can be potted and are excellent for container gardening in small spaces, the perennial varieties which grow fast and do not need to be potted, and the mini-types that grow well in shaded areas. Each herb has its own attractive foliage and each variety has different characteristics unique to it. Therefore, you will want to know what you are getting before planting. When you see pictures or seeds photos of the plants, be sure to research each one to ensure you are getting the herb you desire.
Planting ground covers such as this one takes patience, but the result is worth it. You should allow at least two weeks of warm, sunny weather for the plants to thrive and grow well. Water daily and fertilize just once a month. The weather should stay warm for the first three or four weeks of May and June. You should not be overly stressed if the plants do not thrive during the first two weeks of warm weather, as they will right themselves after that time.