thyme - wooly thyme

Thymus polytrichus A. Kern. ex Borbás subsp. britannicus (Ronniger) Kerguélen.)

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Buy thyme - wooly thyme Thymus polytrichus A. Kern. ex Borbás subsp. britannicus (Ronniger) Kerguélen.): An extremely low-growing thyme

  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: well-drained neutral to alkaline soil
  • Rate of growth: average to fast
  • Flowering period: June to July
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    Tiny, pale pink flowers appear in summer amongst small, grey, woolly foliage. This is one of the woolliest thymes available and as its low growing is ideal as an unusual ground cover. Unfortunately it's not suitable as a culinary thyme, but the flowers are highly attractive to bees and other beneficial pollinating insects. Great for growing between paving or in cracks in stone walls.

  • Garden care: Susceptible to root rot in poorly drained soils. If necessary, lightly trim to remove dead flowers, and cut back harder after flowering to keep them compact and bushy.

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Thymus pseudolanuginosus looking woody Hi I have three of these Thymus and I now notice that two of the plants look to be dying in the centre. The soil is fairly well draining and loose, and was well fertilised with manure two years ago. Any thoughts please? Bill

BILL HEADLEY

Hello Bill, To keep these plants looking bushy and to encourage more growth forming in the centre, it is advisable to cut them back quite hard in late summer.

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What low-growing evergreen would you suggest? Please help! Can you suggest a very low growing plant to cover a 1 metre long area alongside a lawn. It needs to be able to cope with fairly dry sunny conditions and be attractive all the time so nice leaves or similar.

Lesley Levy

We do have some plants that may be suitable for the area you have described. Below are a few of my suggestions, but you can find many more on our site using our plant search facility. Ajuga http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/results/?q=ajuga Festuca glauca Elijah Blue http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/selectionresults/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=1993&CategoryID= Calluna vulgaris Dark Star http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/heathers/calluna-vulgaris-dark-star/classid.464/ Stachys byzantina Silver Carpet http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/perennials/mediterranean-plants/stachys-byzantina-silver-carpet/classid.3621/ Thymus pseudolanuginosus http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/herbs/prices-that-have-been-pruned/thymus-pseudolanuginosus-/classid.2000007112/ Bergenia http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.bergenia/?s=bergenia

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What trailing plants would you suggest? I have just had my sloping garden landscaped and now have a great many retaining walls which need softening with planting. Some walls have paths below them so I cannot plant climbing plants. Could you please suggest some plants which would trail down from a higher planting position?

Clive Zietman

Below is a list of plants that should grow well on a sunny slope. Before planting dig in loads of composted farmyard manure to help increase the water holding capacity of the soil. Back breaking work but worth it in the long run.SHRUBS 'Cotoneaster dammeri' http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=1021&CategoryID= 'Hebe pinguifolia Pagei' http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=3935&CategoryID= 'Rosa Pink Flower Carpet' http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=2325&CategoryID= 'Ceanothus thyrsiflorus var. repens' http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/ceanothus-thyrsiflorus-var.-repens/classid.727/ PERENNIALS 'Alchemilla mollis' http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=233&CategoryID= Ajuga http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.ajuga/?s=ajuga 'Geranium macrorrhizum White Ness' http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/geranium-macrorrhizum-white-ness/classid.2000015973/ 'Origanum vulgare Aureum' http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=3282&CategoryID= 'Thymus pseudolanuginosus' http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/herbs/prices-that-have-been-pruned/thymus-pseudolanuginosus-/classid.2000007112/ Vincahttp://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.vinca/?s=vinca

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