(Thymus spp.) An aromatic evergreen herb of the mint family, thyme is closely related to oregano. It boasts a pleasant yet pungent flavor. Bees love this flavorful and ornamental herb! Thyme seeds are slow to germinate and are best started indoors. Start indoors 8-10 weeks before last frost, then transplant out after last frost. Surface sow and lightly cover seeds with fine soil, and water thoroughly but gently. Place seeds in a warm area and cover to hold in moisture. Ideal germination temperature is 60-75 F. Seeds germinate in 14-21 days. Space plants 6-8 inches apart. Transplant to full sun area once seedlings are established. When growing indoors, keep plants in a sunny window. Thyme thrives in heat and sun.
(Thymus fragrantissimus) Perennial USDA zones 5-10. A supremely vigorous and easyto-grow thyme that wafts heavenly citrus fragrance. This is a perfect choice for the poorest soil on your property; orange thyme is famous for its ability to thrive in even the most nutrient depleted and dry soils. It is a stellar choice for landscaping, rock gardens, containers and the herb garden. A fabulous culinary herb that reaches just 8-12 inches tall. For peak flavor, harvest leaves just before it blooms. Allow the plants to bloom for a carpet of petite pinkish-white flowers that the pollinators will love. Arcane and highly sought after, it is a gourmet herb that lends unique, citrusy notes to savory and sweet dishes.