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Porlock Creeping Thyme

Thymus praecox 'Porlock'

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Porlock Creeping Thyme (Thymus praecox 'Porlock') at Satellite Garden Centre

Porlock Creeping Thyme

Porlock Creeping Thyme

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Plant Height:  6 inches

Flower Height:  8 inches

Spacing:  10 inches

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  4

Other Names:  Woolly Thyme, Mother-of-Thyme

Description:

A highly desirable and popular groundcover herb, forming a dense low mat covered in violet-pink flowers in early summer, attractive fine and fragrant foliage the rest of the season; needs a dry and sunny location

Ornamental Features

Porlock Creeping Thyme is smothered in stunning violet flowers at the ends of the stems from mid to late spring. Its attractive tiny fragrant oval leaves remain dark green in colour throughout the year. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Porlock Creeping Thyme is a dense herbaceous evergreen perennial with a ground-hugging habit of growth. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.

This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It is a good choice for attracting bees and butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Spreading

Porlock Creeping Thyme is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Herb Gardens
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Porlock Creeping Thyme will grow to be only 6 inches tall at maturity extending to 8 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 12 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 10 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers to grow in average to dry locations, and dislikes excessive moisture. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. Consider covering it with a thick layer of mulch in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Porlock Creeping Thyme is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its spreading habit of growth, it is ideally suited for use as a 'spiller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the edges where it can spill gracefully over the pot. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Rock  Edging  Garden  Groundcover  Herb  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Texture  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features