German Thyme
German thyme imparts savory flavor to roasted root vegetables.

German Thyme

(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.

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German Thyme is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 3.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A regular to the Herb garden! Each year I must make sure German Thyme is planted! It is an EXCELLANT tasting Herb!
Date published: 2017-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I converted my back lawn to an herb garden. I was most pleased with the survival of the thyme and mint. Other plants were hit or miss, in terms of drying out, rotting during the rainy, cold winter, or simply disappearing. The flowers from thyme are beautiful. I bought my Bonnie plants from Home Depot in Salinas, CA, where I live. I came to this site because I bought German and English thyme and forgot which was which. Both are great additions to the garden.
Date published: 2016-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2015-03-29
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