Elfin Creeping Thyme {3 1/2 in. Pots, min 25}

Thymus serpyllum 'Elfin' (AKA Mother of Thyme)
Pronunciation: TYE-mus sur-PILL-um
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Elfin is dotted with lovely purply-pink blooms in early through late summer. The tiny, velvety leaves range in color from a wintery grey-blue to a lighter sage tone.

Similar to 'Pink Chintz', slightly different blooms, blooms later, smaller leaves.
General information about Thymus serpyllum (Thyme):
A highly multi-purpose perennial groundcover, Thyme is a low-growing, highly aromatic herb that is often grown as an evergreen ornamental groundcover. It grows well in the cracks between rocks and pavers or stepping stones.

Abundantly fragrant and flavorful, gardeners can’t resist running their fingers through the lacey foliage just to enjoy its lemony scent. Thyme grows especially well in somewhat dry, sunny conditions.

This elegant and low-maintenance groundcover can even be planted in sandy soil and once established it tolerates drought (though it grows more heartily with profuse watering), and light foot traffic. Owing to its acceptance of light foot traffic, your planting options are expanded beyond rock gardens to stepping stones, pathways, borders, edging and filling crooks and crevices as long as you give it well-drained soil.

Butterflies are fond of Thyme and you will discover that she is very disease resistant meaning, once established, you will be rewarded with years of fragrant, delicious, and timeless beauty. Prostrate by nature, Thyme takes on a slight mounding habit if planted in an area with only partial sun.

Thyme is most fragrant and flavorful when grown in dry, lean, well-drained soil. The foliage can be used for seasoning at any time and is easily dried. The blooms are also edible, and are tastiest when first opening. Sprigs of Thyme are wonderful stuffed inside poultry before roasting or snipped into salads for a citrusy punch on the palette.

Gardener Tips
Too much moisture can rot the plants, so you will find it does best with average water and well drained soil.

If you love to have a little design fun in your garden, select an area where you alternate pavers or stepping stones with plantings of Thyme to create a geometric pattern. Some gardeners even opt to write words with plantings of Thyme.

A fun project with grandchildren is to create a series of steps from concrete blocks. Inside each hole in the block, put a small layer of gravel, followed by a cupful of sand, then excellent quality soil and one Thyme plant.

Interesting Facts
Thyme is native to most of Europe and North Africa and as such is often used in those cuisines.

Thyme has been utilized for millennia. Due to its intrepid and vitality-laden symbolism to the ancient Greeks, athletes covered their arms with its oil before tournaments.

All varieties of Thyme have strong disinfectant properties, which brought about the cultivars' widespread use by Egyptians for embalming and during 20th century wartime to sterilize wounds.
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The second shipment of creeping Thyme arrived in perfect condition. All plants are now happily situated in my garden. I plan to order more groundcovers in the fall as I work to install the stepping stone path along the edge of the pool. I appreciate your prompt... Read full review >

My order was shipped and packaged with care. All of the plugs I received were healthy and intact. I enjoy using classy ground covers and would use them again!

Elfin thyme arrived in great shape and transplanted nicely. I would order this again.
Elfin Creeping Thyme
05/25/2016 By Vicki Haley
Product reviewed: Elfin Creeping Thyme {3 1/2 in. Pots, min 25}

I had never ordered from this company before nor had I heard of them but I was very impressed with their website and even more impressed with the reviews of other customers. I was not disappointed my plants arrived within a few days they were packaged in... Read full review >
Elfin creeping thyyme
04/28/2016 By Peter Korpady
Product reviewed: Elfin Creeping Thyme {3 1/2 in. Pots, min 25}

We have now ordered 120 of these plants. They are truly happy plants and arrived in excellent condition!
Thank you for such high quality in your product!
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We do not recommend shipping this plant during the heat of summer. This means plant before July or after August.

You may order them, but understand that we will not replace or refund should any perish. (more)

You may specify a future ship date when you checkout.
FREE SHIPPING - Classy Groundcovers offers free shipping, and your plants never spend more than three days in transit.

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Care
If using between pavers or stepping stones, it is recommended that you plant them such that the soil level is one to one-and-a-half inches below the top of the walking surface to allow room for the plants to compress when stepped on.
Deadheading spent flower heads is recommended to promote extended blooming.
It is best to stop harvesting Thyme a month before the first frost. This will allow the more tender stems to harden off some before the cold comes and will reduce the die-back over the winter.
General information that applies to all plants:
- Ground preparation, fertilization, pH
- Planting instructions
- Explanation and description of bare roots
- How to plant bare root plants
- If you cannot plant bare roots right away

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