Some folks use salt and pepper to taste up their food, I sprinkle fresh herbs because they add a flavor that will truly rock your world.
Years ago, my grandma taught me to grow and cook with culinary herbs; almost 40 plus years later I’m still cooking this way. Not only do they add flavor to different types of food they also compliment a healthier lifestyle.
Thyme is one of my favorite herbs but there’s so many varieties sometimes it makes it difficult to choose. My two favorites are Lemon and Silver, one has a nice solid green foliage and the other is variegated. Both taste amazing by themselves and their flavor multiplies when mixed with other herbs like basil, oregano and sage.
Planting Silver Thyme
I recently planted Silver Thyme in my Startle Garden and it’s just what that space needed. The variegation was a nice touch adding contrast with the surrounding shades of green.
Planting in shades of green is neat and bringing these hues together adds foliage detail that’s simply energizing.
Herbs also bloom later in the summer with pretty little flowers. This is when the plant goes to seed and when I get inspired to make herb wreaths.
Silver Thyme produces lilac flowers and the plant has lemon-scented green leaves edged in silver. This variety grows and smells very similar to lemon thyme and their floral blooms are also similar.
Both also welcome the honey bees and butterflies making it the perfect addition to any garden.
Plant Care: Grow in well-drained soil in full sun and remember to lightly trim back after flowering.
Propagation is a dream by dividing in the spring or fall. You can also take softwood cuttings in the early summer and semi-ripe cuttings in mid- to late summer. Sowing by seed in the spring is another option but remember they’re slow to germinate.
The Woody Plant Base for Ground Cover
Both Silver and Lemon Thyme have a very woody plant base, new growth is much softer and tends to strengthen after blooming season.
The woody structure grows close to the ground so it makes for a strong plant that’s also easy to care for. It only grows about 12 inches tall so if you’re seeking a pretty ground cover both silver and lemon thyme would be great options.
Many Culinary Thyme Varieties
I’ve included additional culinary Thyme varieties because it’s possible you may want to try these in your herb garden. There’s a number of plant options and isn’t it interesting how one category can sprout so many choices?
Plant care and propagation is very similar among them all and the main thing to remember is herbs thrive in full sun. Here’s the thing though many will also do well in shaded areas; make sure they’re getting at least 6 – 8 hours of sunlight a day and you’ll be thrilled with the results.
Silver and Lemon are my favorites because they complement with other herbs. I’m not sure if I’ll ever branch out from these two because my goal is to simplify the garden and only grow my favorites.
You may want to investigate following options to discover your front runners.
- English Time
- Penn. Dutch Tea Thyme
- Orange Balsam Thyme
- Juniper Thyme
- Caraway Thyme
- Italian Oregano Thyme
- Grey Hill Lemon Thyme
So instead of grabbing the salt and pepper to add flavor think about growing some culinary herbs like Silver and Lemon Thyme.
Grandma always had this way of planting herbs around the yard that complimented her Italian cooking; I do the same because once an Italian always an Italian. Her food always tasted amazing and she rarely follow a recipe, instead she followed the flavor. Guess what? I cook the very same way.
For more tips on growing thyme read here and consider branching out making your landscaping or garden offer more than just pretty things to look at.