If you want a ground cover thyme that
works to fill in fast, then choose Caraway Thyme (shown above
creeping all over a plug tray). Scented like a Caraway seed, Caraway is one
of the few thyme ground covers that has a fragrance. It has deep green leaves
that are set about a half inch apart along reddish stems. Caraway Thyme
is a pretty rampant grower and should be used where space is not an issue.
It blooms mid spring and is nice when planted with a swath of a later blooming thyme
like Coconut Thyme. Just make
sure to put the later blooming thyme in front and a respectable distance
from the swath of Caraway Thyme.
Caraway Thyme can be used as a substitute
for real Caraway in any recipe. It is especially nice in bread or cooked
with meat. The species name herba-barona translates herb of beef and
refers to medieval times when herbs were frequently used to spice up meat
that had gone just a wee bit past its expiration date.