Thymus compactus is, as the name suggests, a compact variety of this herb and forms a lovely grey/green mound of evergreen foliage with pretty, pink flowers in June, beloved of native pollinators.
Culinary Thyme stimulates the appetite and helps the digestion of fatty foods. While compact, this variety is wonderfully scented and excellent as a herb in the kitchen, a favourite for stews, stuffing, and an important component of mixed herbs and bouquet garni.
T. vulgaris compactus is also an obliging companion plant, particularly striking planted alongside lavenders (they share the same love of Mediterranean heat and dryness). Plant in parterres, on the edge of terraces or in containers. Because it is a great natural deterrent to cabbage root-fly or cabbage worm, it is worthwhile planting close to cabbages, cauliflower, broccoli and brussels sprouts.
Pot size: 5L
Common Name: Compact thyme, Common compact thyme
Hardiness: Hardy to – 10°C
Height and Spread: 17cm x 40cm
Preferred Soil Type: Any moderately fertile, well-drained soil
Aspect: Full sun
Flowering Period: June
Care: Trim lightly after flowering to maintain shape