Creeping Wild Thyme
An alternative to a Grass Lawn

Thyme is one of the Lamiaceae family of plants.  It is native to Central and southern  Europe, and is also cultivated in east Europe or gardens worldwide with a suitable climate. The plants are rich in essential oils, and are considered an aromatic herb.

There are over 100 different species of thyme, but the two main types are Common Thyme, also known by its latin name Thymus Vulgaris, and Creeping Wild Thyme, Thymus serpyllum.  As its name indicates, creeping wild thyme prefers to creep along the ground.  It is sometime referred to as simply creeping thyme or wild thyme.

Creeping Wild Thyme - Thymus serpyllum

The flowers of Creeping Wild Thyme are very small, colored purple or pinkish purple.  They are pleasantly fragrant, clustered at the ends of the branches or in leaf axils.  The plants have a hairy calyx and corolla. Leaves are oblong, and aromatic. The stem is 4 to 12 inches long (10 to 30 centimeters), and creeps along the ground rather than rises vertically.  The plant is woody and branched, forming dense cushions.

Creeping Wild Thyme
Picture of Creeping Wild Thyme

The preferred habitat of Creeping Wild Thyme is the light soil of banks, roadsides and dry meadows where it can get good sunlight.  This plant prefers alkaline soil which may be slightly sandy.  It's flowering Season is June to September.

Creeping Wild Thyme as alternative to a Grass Lawn

Creeping Thyme can be a good alternative to grass and will provide you with an attractive lawn.  It can be walked on and will survive well.  One huge advantage is that unlike grass which needs constant mowing, Creeping Wild Thyme doesn't need cutting.  Just give it a weeding every now and then and you'll have a gorgeous thyme lawn which smells wonderful.  Camomile also serves well in creating a nice lawn, or if you put both thyme and camomile together you will get a nice fresh smell similar to the aroma of bubblegum.

Cooking and Growing Common Thyme
History and other Uses of Thyme

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