Thymus serpyllum 'Elfin'
The diminutive and tiny Elfin Thyme
Thymus serphyllum ‘Elfin’ or Elfin thyme is without a doubt the most
perfect thyme to plant in pathways, patios and as a thyme lawn.
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very fine, compact growth of medium green tiny leaves is covered in pink
blooms for about three weeks at the end of June.
This is a very pretty
plant, seldom bothered by die-back or diseases.
I plant it specifically to attract bees
because of the huge quantities of wild pollinators and domestic
honeybees that come for the nectar it produces in abundance.
made from all kinds of thyme is sought after by the connoisseur.
Pruned back to control the growth just encourages it to grow
thicker than ever. I love the texture, like a rough carpet to wriggle
your toes in.
One of my favorite uses for Elfin thyme is planted around stone steps; it fills in quickly and cascades down to cover the sides to soften them.
How to Grow Elfin Thyme
Plant in very well drained soil; if you have clay soil, add some turkey
grit or small gravel for extra drainage. Don’t plant it under eaves or
where it will get winter wet, and don’t use salt based de-icers as this
will kill it.
Grown in full sun or at least four to six hours of sun will
give it compact flat growth. A slightly mounding growth habit will
result from lower sun exposure.
As a named variety, Elfin thyme is only reproduced by vegetative propagation, as if it’s seed propagated it won’t always come true.
How to Grow Thyme