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Thymus vulgaris(Common Thyme)

Thymus vulgaris is adwarf, evergreen shrub.  The leaves are small and linear to ovate in shape.  The leaves are dark grey-green in colour.  Common thyme grows to a height of about 30cm.  The ultimate spread of common thyme is about 40cm. Spikes of small, whorled white or pink flowers appear in June or July. 


Uses

These shrubs look appropriate in both formal and informal gardens.   These plants are closely related to the wild thyme of the mountains of Spain and other Mediterranean countries so they are ideal for those who want a Mediterranean theme in their UK gardens.

Caring for Perennials

All perennials need caring for in different ways and we will care for them appropriately. However, general rules apply for caring for perennials and I have outlined these below:

Perennials generally need far less persistent maintenance than annuals.  They tend to be hardier plants as their long lifecycle suggests. 
 
Half-hardy and Hardy perennials
Half-hardy perennials, such as fuchias should be brought indoors during the winter months as cold weather can kill such plants.  They should be lifted when dormant and stored in moist, temperate conditions.

Caring for Annuals

All annuals need caring for in different ways and we will care for them appropriately. However, general rules apply for caring for perennials and I have outlined these below:

Annuals have a far shorter window of opportunity to flourish than perennials so a gardener should focus on them and make sure they reach their full potential during their short lifespan.  Annuals are typically less hardy than perennials; their specific requirements need to be met.  It is a good idea to follow the instructions of a good gardening book in order to know how to care for each type of annual but general standards of care must be met and I will outline these below.

Staking Trees

Large trees need to be staked if planted in windy locations.  We can supply, plant and stake trees of your choice.

Stakes and ties should be checked regularly to ensure that they are still fulfilling their functions.  Ties should be loosened as trees grow so that the growth of trees is not impeded by the force of stakes and ties.  Stakes should be removed once tree roots are firmly established in their new location.  This can take up to about 3 years for standard trees, but we should judge when stakes should be removed on a case by case basis.

Winter Digging

Winter Digging

1)     Breaks the soil up and relieves compaction

2)     allows air to enter the soil.  In other words, aerates the soil

3)     Ensures annual weeds are buried and killed

4)     Exposes pests to natural predators

5)     Exposes rough soil to winter frosts which break it down

6)     Helps to improve drainage

8)     Loosens top layer of soil which facilities planting crops

Plant Classification

I am often asked how plants are classified.  Here is how it works:


Family

A botanist called Carl Linnaeus devised a scientific way of naming plants in the 18 century.  This method is still used today.  Botanical names are written in Latin and are understood by horticulturalists throughout the world.  Plants with common ancestry are given a name called a family name.  A family usually contains a significant number of genera.  Plants in the same family often look entirely different so the horticulturalist is often surprised to learn that two entirely distinct plants evolved in this way.

Planting Scheme

Brief

We will create a permanent bedding area for a wildlife garden.  It will be a shrub border because all the plants we will plant are woody perennials.  In addition the plants that we plant will attract wildlife.

The bedding area is south facing with a wall positioned to the north of it.  Hence, the plants will exposed to a lot of sun.  The soil in the bed is well-drained, sandy soil.  We have chosen plants that thrive in these conditions. 

The bedding area will be informal as this is appropriate for a wildlife garden.

Mycorrhizae

Mycorrhizae

A fascinating relationship has developed between roots of many plants and a fungi called mycorrhizae.  Mycorrhizae are symbiotic fungi that live in close association with many plants.   Mycorrhizae can be applied to roots in order to help plants to draw up nutrients, water and minerals.  Plant roots provide carbohydrates for mycorrihizae that grow on them.  Mycorrhizae fungi increase the ability of roots to draw up nutrients from the soil.  Mycorrhizae are much smaller in diameter than roots and this enables them to provide a larger surface area for absorption.
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