Hutchinson Farm Herb Guide
(English Thyme)
Photo: Thyme, David MacTavish, Hutchinson Farm greenhouses, Burlington, ON, April 24, 2012
Grown at Hutchinson Farm since the 1980's. Available May 2018, in 4" pots, planters, hanging baskets, and pouches.

  • Description
    Thymus vulgaris
    Winter Hardiness: Tender Perennial
    Light Requirements: Sun, part sun
    Height: 6 - 8"
    Habit: Compact spreader
    Where to plant: Well drained soil in your garden, or containers

  • Varieties
    Common thyme, aka English thyme
    Silver Thyme (the leaves are less green, sort of making it "silver")
    Variegated Lemon Thyme
    Creeping Red Thyme

  • In the Garden
    Thyme is an attractive plant, grown for it's beauty as well as for eating. The plant produces pale pink/purple flowers that may be eaten along with the leaves. Plant thyme in a sunny dry part of your garden, it's very drought tolerant, and will over-winter most years.

  • In the Kitchen
    Thyme's distinctive aromatic flavouring is a part of many cuisines and dishes. It's a "must have" herb!

  • Harvest
    Cut off young shoots, strip leaves from stem when possible. Depending on severity of the winter, thyme may be harvested for most of the winter.

  • Preserve