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English Thyme (Culinary)

English Thyme

English Thyme

English Thyme

English Thyme

English thyme (Thymus vulgaris) is one of the most common and popular thyme varieties. In fact, it is often called common thyme. It did not originate in England—the Romans brought it there and the Brits took it on as their own. English thyme is low-growing and fragrant with green, round leaves. You can use it in almost any recipe—fresh or dried—and it makes a pretty garnish as well. English thyme’s fragrance is popular in potpourris and soaps, and can be planted as a hardy groundcover. It’s the perfect all-purpose thyme.

Sun Exposure

  • Full sun (six to eight hours)

Soil pH

  • 6.0 to 8.0

Hardiness Zones

  • perennial in zones 4 to 9


  • Plant 12-24 inches apart


  • Drought resistant
  • Water only when soil is completely dry
  • 1 inch of water every 1 1/2 to 2 weeks


  • Grows to 12 inches
  • Makes a lovely, fragrant border or groundcover plant
  • Perfect for container gardening
  • Adds flavor to most any savory dish, as well as fragrance in soaps and potpourris

Do you grow English Thyme? If so, please tell us your top tips for ensuring a prolific harvest.


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