German Thyme
Highly aromatic. Hardy perennial.

German Thyme

5.00 out of 5 based on 1 customer rating
(1 customer review)

(Thymus vulgaris)
  • Type: Perennial in zones 5 to 9
  • Planting time: Spring, fall
  • Features: Tiny, strongly aromatic and flavorful evergreen leaves
  • Light: Full sun to part shade
  • Soil: Well drained, on the dry side
  • Plant spacing: 12 to 15 inches apart
  • Plant size: 12 to 15 inches tall
  • Garden use: Herb garden, flower border, containers
  • Culinary use: In Bouquet Garni; aromatic dishes

Thyme is an easy and practical herb to grow. Highly aromatic, it enhances meat dishes, eggs, cheeses, soups, and sauces, and it is a primary component of both Bouquet Garni and Herbes de Provence. Use it to elevate the flavor of good ole’ beef stew, too. This tiny-leaved thyme is among the most aromatic, more so than larger-leafed varieties. You may also hear it called winter thyme, because it is one of the most cold hardy of all the different thymes. The leaves are evergreen to semi-evergreen, depending on the how far North it is growing. In the warm, humid climates of zones 9 and 10 it may suffer in the summer; in zone 10 it is best to lower your expectations and just consider it a cool season annual.

Thyme is well suited for containers because of its size and the fact that it demands perfect drainage. Give it excellent drainage in a pot and good air circulation. Because it is low growing and has thin stems and a wiry habit, don’t crowd it because vigorous neighboring plants might choke it out. Upright growing rosemary is a good companion.

Some Bonnie Plants varieties may not be available at your local stores, as we select and sell varieties best suited to the growing conditions in each region.

Category: .


Have a question about this variety? Use the Help button below.

1 review for German Thyme

  1. Taste:
    5 out of 5

    5 out of 5


    Fast growing, beautiful. Just trying to get the lighting and watering right, so I don’t kill it. It’s the first one I’ve seen in my area. I have it in a hanging container now and it is so lovely. I am always going out on my porch to look at ‘her’ and have a smell. Now I just need to learn how to use it. I read somewhere that you could put it under your pillow to ward off nightmares!! I might even try that! The aroma is amazingly wonderful. Thank you Bonnie, as usual. a grateful patron in Chico, CA. I think we are zone 9. Wish me luck.

Add a review