Wooly thyme is an excellent perennial for full sun, hot areas where foot traffic is minimal.
- Plant on 12 to 18-inch centers and it will fill in the spaces in the second year.
- Blooms purplish in early summer and will self sow if happy.
- Propagation is either by seed or by cuttings and/or division. Easy plant to divide in early spring or scatter seeds in early spring.
- Yes, it can be used for cooking although some of the other species are more “thymelike” and better tasting.
- Grow it in the full sun or part shade.
Contrary to some reports, thyme is not a great plant for walking on although it will handle small amounts of traffic.
Thyme is actually a “woody” plant – a shrub and when you step on it, the branches break. Enough breakage and the plant will not have the strength to recover. You’ll wonder why there are dead patches in your walkway and particularly you’ll be upset with all the winter death patches.
It will may get a bit taller in the shade and won’t be as hardy but it will usually survive.
The question is often asked, “How much shade will it tolerate?” and the answer is it depends on too many variables to really answer. My suggestion is to always try a plant or three in any given spot and see how it grows and whether you like the look of it there. If it does well, then plant more. If not, you’ve only wasted three plants.