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Thymus vulgaris (Common Thyme)
Thymus vulgaris is a dwarf, 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.
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. These plants look at home in rock gardens. These plants are aesthetically pleasing especially during the summer months when beautiful small flowers appear.
Thymus vulgarisis often used as an edging plant for garden paths. Their low-lying nature makes them ideal plants for the front of beds and borders. These plants look nice when used to cover slopes and banks. Thymus vulgaris looks nice when combined with other herbs such as lavender.
The flowers of common thyme attract bees and butterflies so these plants are well placed if situated in wildlife gardens. The leaves of these plants are fragrant and edible so they are often used in cooking. The rich aromatic smell of these plants combined with their diminutive size make them ideal subjects for patio containers and window boxes.
Common thyme prefers well-drained soil that is alkaline or neutral. Thymus vulgaris thrives in full sun. These plants do not like clay soil but they grow well in loamy, chalky or sandy soils. These shrubs grow well in sheltered and exposed sites.
It is advisable to apply a general fertilizer annually in late winter. Common thyme should be cut back in spring. These plants are very manageable to grow because they are generally pest and disease free.
These plants benefit from the application of a mulch for a number of reasons. Mulch suppresses weeds and conserves moisture. Biodegrable mulches also provide nutrients.
Young and newly planted shrubs need to be watered persistently, especially during times of drought. These plants should be protected from frosts during harsh winters.
Lavandula angustifolia ‘Hidcote’
Lavandula angustifolia ‘Hidcote’ AGM is a bushy, evergreen shrub. This variety of lavender has a compact shape. These plants have densely packed distinctive, small, fragrant purple flowers that appear on spikes. The spikes are situated well above the foliage. They have narrow, silver to grey coloured leaves. These shrubs flower between late June and September. They grow to a height of about 60cm. They grow to a width of about 75cm.
These shrubs look appropriate in both informal and formal gardens. They look nice in a wide variety of locations and this helps to explain why they are so popular. Standard roses are often underplanted with lavender and many people find this planting combination highly attractive.
These shrubs are often used as an edging plant for paths and borders. They have celebrated aromatic flowers and foliage that is used for making pot-pourii. These shrubs are well suited to gravel gardens and Mediterranean gardens.
These plants attract many insects so they are often chosen by wildlife enthusiasts. These shrubs are tolerant of the salty air that plants are exposed to in coastal gardens.
The aromatic smell of these plants combined with their small size makes them ideal subjects for patio containers and window boxes. These shrubs are often positioned on banks and slopes. Their pretty flowers make them a good choice for flower beds and borders.
The grey-green foliage of these plants can provide interest throughout the year because, as pointed out above, these plants are evergreen. These plants look nice when combined with other herbs such as thyme.
These shrubs prefer well-drained soil. They should be grown in full sun but they can tolerate partial shade. These plants can be grown in soil that is neutral or acidic but they prefer chalky or alkaline soils. They do not like clayey soil. These plants need to be grown in sheltered locations.
The stalks should be removed, in the autumn, once the flowers of these plants have faded. These shrubs should be trimmed back into a compact shape in April. When we prune this type of plant we must not cut back into old wood.
Lavender should be mulched with non-organic material. A mulch is useful because a mulch suppresses weeds and conserves moisture.
The application of a general fertilizer is recommended for shrubs. Fertilizer can be applied annually in late winter. Young and newly planted shrubs need to be watered persistently, especially during times of drought.