Summer Thyme is a low-growing hardy perennial with gray leaves and lavender blooms. It is a must in the herb garden. Thyme not only tastes great, but it can help to alleviate cold symptoms, too. Not just an herb, Thyme makes an attractive edging plant with its woody stems and oval leaves and can add interest to a rock garden as well. Use in tea or add flavor to meats, stews, soups, tomatoes, cheese, eggs, rice, stuffing, vinegars, or oils.
A little salt, a little pepper, some olive oil and thyme sprinkled over chicken, mmmm!
Thyme is a slow grower so harvest sparingly. Clip the stems just before the plant begins to bloom and wait for your plant to fill in more. Wash Thyme and gently shake off the water. You can dry the leaves on the stem (which makes it easier to remove them) or you can remove the leaves and then dry them. You can use a dehydrator or use the old fashioned method of hanging in bunches. Store the dried leaves in an air tight container in a dark, dry location.
Freezing is the best way to preserve the flavor of Thyme. Place on a cookie sheet and stick in the freezer. Remove and strip the leaves. You can place them back in the freezer in a container or bag or mix with a little bit of olive oil and freeze them in ice cube trays.
Spacing: Plant 6” to 12” apart.
Height: Grows 4” to 12” tall.
How To Grow: Plant in full sun.
Outstanding Features: Thyme is very hardy and can survive freezing temperatures.
Tips: Avoid over-watering as this plant does not flourish in standing water.