Thymus 'Purple Carpet' Creeping Purple Thyme

Thymus 'Purple Carpet' Creeping Purple Thyme

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An early-flowering creeping thyme | Cold hardy to Zone 4
SKU 29061
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Key Characteristics

4 - 8

Mature Height

4 IN

Mature Width

12 IN

Sun / Shade

Full Sun, Part Shade

Moisture Level

Moist, well-drained

Soil Type

Normal, loamy

Description / Thymus 'Purple Carpet' Creeping Purple Thyme

Presenting the wondrous 'Purple Carpet' Creeping Thyme, a charming ornamental perennial that graces your garden with its beauty across the seasons. This aromatic herbaceous plant, also known as Creeping Purple Thyme, bursts into bloom with vibrant pink flowers, adorning its dense, spreading foliage, creating a visually stunning carpet of color from early summer onwards. The small, tubular blooms, nestled in terminal whorls, serve as a beacon for bees and butterflies, enriching the ecological tapestry of your outdoor sanctuary.

'Purple Carpet' Creeping Thyme, scientifically classified as Thymus praecox, is a resilient ground cover with a mounding growth habit. Its low maintenance nature makes it an excellent choice for edging pathways or filling crevices between steppingstones, where its fragrance is released with each step. Whether planted en masse for a dramatic effect or used as a border plant, this versatile herbaceous perennial thrives in various environments, including beds, borders, containers, and even urban landscapes.

This cold-hardy plant prefers sunny locations with well-drained soils, ranging from average to dry, and with a neutral to alkaline pH. Its adaptability extends to tolerating drought, salt, and poor soils, making it suitable for a wide range of gardening conditions. As soon as the frost has passed, it eagerly begins its display, continuing through the summer months. Additionally, 'Purple Carpet' Creeping Thyme is deer and rabbit resistant, offering peace of mind to gardeners concerned about pest damage.

For those looking to plant Purple Creeping Thyme, the process is straightforward, and its growth habit ensures quick establishment. Whether you're a novice or seasoned gardener, growing Creeping Thyme is a rewarding experience, offering a cascade of color and fragrance to your outdoor oasis. With its charming pink flowers and aromatic foliage, Thymus praecox promises to elevate the beauty of your garden, creating a haven of tranquility and natural splendor for you to enjoy.

From creeping thyme to the classic culinary English thyme, selecting the right type depends on your gardening goals and taste preferences. Learn how to care for thymus plants in our Care Guide for growing and caring for thyme.

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Genus Thymus
Species praecox
Variety 'Purple Carpet'
Product Classification Perennials
Habit Spreading
USDA Zone Low 4
USDA Zone High 8
Sun / Shade Full Sun, Part Shade
Bloom Color Purple
Bloom Season Start Late Spring
Bloom Season End Late Spring
Foliage Color Medium Green
Resistance Cold Hardy
Special Features Easy Care Plants, Fragrance
Uses Beds, Border, Containers, Foliage Interest, Ground Cover
Zone 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
State Shipping Restrictions GU, HI, PR, VI

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