German Thyme

Thymus vulgaris

The thyme is right: evergreen, aromatic and easy to grow!

Gnomes have a long and distinguished history as tough garden helpers. Diminutive clay garden gnomes originated in Germany in the 1800s. There they remain beloved protectors of the home garden, cherished for their ability to ward off danger. Thyme, too, is a botanical defender: it was long believed to be an antidote for poison and a preventer of plague. But thyme is associated with courage most of all, as depicted by our thyme-wielding gnome bravely fighting off an intruding squirrel.


Art Pack (250 seeds) $4.79 In Stock

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Start thyme indoors 8 weeks before last frost by seeding clusters of 5-10 seeds together on top of the soil, pressing them in and watering them in lightly. Keep moist, but not wet. Transplant outdoors when seedlings are 3" high, spaced at least 6" apart (thyme does not mind some crowding). Harvest the upper green growth and prune back flowering stalks to promote more green growth.

Days to Germination 7-14 days
Days to Maturity 85 days
Planting Depth 0"
Spacing in Row 6"
Spacing Between Rows 12"
Height at Maturity 8"
Width at Maturity 10"
Sun Preference Full Sun
Hardiness Zone Range Zones 5-8

Artwork by Ulana Zahajkewycz. The gnome on this pack is a basswood figurine that Ulana, a folk-inspired artist, painted with acrylic and placed on a gouache background. Ulana drew from her own experiences gardening with aggressive squirrels. 

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