This picture tells a story. The two year old planting was
a trial of several different small ground cover thymes.
The beautifully blooming plant in the foreground is
Annie Hall Thyme. The green section right behind it is
Mint Thyme. Mint Thyme grows similarly to
Annie Hall but it blooms earlier. Here it has finished blooming and is
starting to spread outward again. This is the normal growth pattern for
creeping thyme. They spread horizontally until they start to bloom and
then most of the growth goes upward into the bloom.
Beyond the Mint Thyme there is a sad section of dirt.
Here Highland Cream Thyme was
planted but didn't make it. Highland Cream is a variegated thyme that
would have preferred afternoon shade rather than the blazing non-stop
sun location of this pathway. Variegated plants have less chlorophyll in
the white, cream or pink sections of their leaves which seems to make
them more vulnerable to sunburn.
Beyond the bare section is a bright green section of
Leprechaun Thyme which is our newest
addition to the flagstone filler thymes. Leprechaun Thyme is grass
green, has few flowers and provides a light lemon scent.
Behind the Leprechaun Thyme is another bare section that
had also been planted in Leprechaun. Unfortunately, the water didn't
reach it well enough and it died. While Thyme takes less water,
fertilizer and upkeep than a lawn, it does require adequate moisture.