Silver thyme is an attractive, easy to grow herb to enjoy in your garden. This perennial herb starts out as a creeping vine that is full of purple blooms. As it matures it moves to a grayish-white color and then to a soft green color. The lovely silver-grey flowers of this herb change from purple to blue in autumn. The short, upright stems grow up to twelve inches high and have pale lavender-pink blooms in the summer. Its fragrant, silver edged leaves make a rich and textured herb for drying and trimming.
This herb is quite popular and is grown in gardens as well as in the kitchen garden. It is an excellent choice for growing herbs for color, aroma and culinary uses. You will find it best planted in full sun but can also tolerate partial shade. It likes well drained soil with well-rotted compost so mixtures of peat moss, perlite and sand will do. You can add a little lime or lemon juice to the soil to increase its acidity.
There are many herb gardens, which start out as containers of perennials and then love the occasional interruption of being planted in the ground. They prefer sunny areas and although silver thyme does require some occasional repotting, it is not a perennial and does not like to be crowded. Planting it too close together may stunt its growth and cause it to become brittle. There are many herbs that can easily be grown as annuals but many others prefer the privacy of being perennials and have their own spot to root.
In the Mediterranean, there are three common types of mints-Citrus, Origanum and Angular. All share the pleasant scent and appearance of the golden petals of the mint and all can easily be grown in Mediterranean herb plants. Lemon balm, mint, lavender, and mint, are especially used in Mediterranean kitchens. You will find silver thyme herb plants in shaded areas or growing against a brick wall. The plant blooms at first in the spring, moving underbrush to full bloom in late summer.
Because it grows best in full sunlight, it does well in sunny rooms in the home. If you live in an area where you get average weather, you could plant it in pots on sunny windowsills in your kitchen. If it has been awhile since your last herb garden, or if your current garden has not been able to take off, you should consider trying a different spot or size. It loves the heat and can tolerate some frost. Although it can grow in all zones, it prefers cooler zones. The cool zone in which it thrives has less moisture than other zones.
If you like the taste of sweet marjoram, mint and lemon then you will fall in love with Silver thyme. It is great as a seasoning for soups and stews. When cooking with it, remember to add the flowers to the boiling water before adding the meat or vegetables. Adding the flowers to the marinade also adds a delicate aroma to the dish.
To enjoy this wonderful perennial, you should plant it in a variety of location in a range of places in your herb garden. There are several recommendations for planting locations. Taller herbs can be planted in short rows up to 18″ apart. Potted herbs can be placed in individual pots and then sunk into the soil below.
Before planting, be sure to check your local climate and the types of herbs you want to cultivate. Then plan your planting schedule based on sunlight, soil and drainage. Your culinary herbs will reward you with many healthy, delicious meals. Get started planting and enjoying today.