Plant now: Thyme


Ever wanted to plant a thyme lawn? Get a load of these gorgeous examples to inspire you. Thyme flowers come in all shapes and sizes and the different species and their hybrids flower at different times. Which means you can achieve a patchwork effect, and extend the flowering season, by planting several different varieties. In the bottom four images, you can see just how different the flower heads of different species are.

In small gardens, thyme can be planted in between pavers, or even in pots. In large gardens, the world’s your oyster.

Plant in a sunny spot in free-draining soil. Add pumice or horticultural grit to your soil if necessary, because thyme won’t tolerate wet feet.

Read more about planting a thyme lawn here.

The second photo from the top is from Zest Your Garden; the third photo is from Lankford Associates Landscape Design.


  1. Hi Jane,
    Have you ever come across the plants or seeds of Dianthus ‘Green Trick’ that is widely available on Sarah Raven’s website which is a stunning website, if only we could get those seeds and plants here? I was told that there is one grown in NZ a bit the same but has coarser foliage called Green Wicky but is only available with florists who sell to wholesale customers.

    I just wondered if you had ever seen the seed or plants for sale here in NZ to us garden enthusiasts?


    • Hi Joy
      No, unfortunately, home gardeners cannot get it here. It can only be propagated vegetatively, not via seed, and it is licensed worldwide to just a few selected growers (usually only to cut flower growers). It’s a shame, because it’s such a neat plant.

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