Creeping Thyme

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Grow an amazingly versatile groundcover just like an aromatic carpet! Creeping Thyme (Thymus praecox 'Coccineus') is an adaptable and hardworking accent plant that is aromatic from top to bottom (all 3-4 inches of its height anyway!). It's like jewelry for your garden! Not to mention perfuming the air! Herb-like, lemony and earthy could all describe the scent of Creeping Thyme. Grab a few snips of this plant's leaves and stems for your recipes! They'll perfume dried crafts and floral décor!

On a summer evening just follow the butterflies and bees! They will happily lead you to the Thyme in your garden. Rosy red flowers smother these mounds by the thousands, completely covering this thick, low-growing mat of tiny green-scented leaves! Get your butterfly and native bee identification guides ready - because you'll have many visitors once this gorgeous plant blooms!

These wondrously easy-to-grow creeping and flowering groundcovers add that special finishing touch to the garden! Drought, deer, sun - Creeping Thyme laughs in their face and it's cold-hardy too! Plant in gardens throughout USDA growing zones 3 to 9 and watch these mat-forming flowering outdoor carpets slowly spread to their mature 10-12 inch flat mounds of beauty!

Planting and Application:

Did we mention how versatile this glamorous little Herb is? Perfect for scenting between pavers, or for planting between flagstones! Creeping Thyme is a finishing touch along garden edges throughout the sunny landscape! Pollinator gardens, Sensory Gardens, Vegetable beds, and Herb Knot Gardens all need a few of these wonderfully low-growing but visually stunning perennials!

Just rub your hand along the plant to encourage it to release its scent. Better yet, plant it where you can walk on it or kneel on it to work in your garden! The sensual smell makes any time you spend in the garden better. Excellent groundcover and living mulch, Creeping Thyme helps to suppress weeds, conserve soil moisture, and prevent erosion on slopes and hard-to-mow hillsides.

A strong grower, 'Coccineus' will tolerate mild foot traffic, making it ideal as a drought-tolerant lawn substitute and for small-space gardens. Try planting it in crevices on your steps, in the parking strip by your driveway, or in the transition areas between walkways and planting beds. It loves to spill over low walls, creep through crevice gardens, and ramble through Rock Gardens! One will even be a beautiful low spiller in planters and sunny patio containers!

  • Rosy Red Drifts of Flowers in Spring!
  • Aromatic Mat-Forming Groundcover
  • Carpets of Tiny Green Foliage
  • Handles Foot Traffic, Xeric & Used in Fire-Wise Landscapes
  • Butterfly & Bee-Friendly & Fragrant Culinary Herb
  • Crevice & Rock Gardens, Between Pavers, Edging & Lawn Replacement

#ProPlantTips For Care

Coccineus Creeping Thyme is easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soils in full sun. It also tolerates drought, poor soils, and almost any soil as long as it is well-drained. Creeping Thyme is easily divided in spring or early fall, and even small pieces will take root and grow. Clean mounds in the very early spring before they begin to grow, and shear again right after the first spring bloom if desired.

  • Tolerates Full Sun
  • Almost Any Well-Drained Soil
  • Moderate to Low Moisture Needs Once Established
  • Prune Early Spring & Deadhead After Bloom If Needed
  • Very Easy To Grow & Drought-Tolerant

Cold-hardy, easy-care, pollinator-friendly, and adaptable? Go ahead and plan your garden! Then add some fantastic Creeping Thyme for a final, fantastic flourish. Order from Nature Hills Nursery today!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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To obtain a more accurate shipment time-frame, simply enter your zip code in the “Find Your Growing Zone” box to the right. Our plants are grown all over the country and lead time on items may be different because of this. Once your order is placed, you will also receive the specific shipment time-frame information as part of your order confirmation. Once an item ships, you will receive shipment notification and tracking numbers, so you can follow along while your plant travels to your doorstep. We use FedEx, UPS, or USPS at our discretion.

Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Creeping Thyme Is Suited to Grow in Zones 3-9
Growing Zones 3-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Thymus praecox 'Coccineus'
Type Perennial
Mature Height 3 - 4 inches
Mature Spread 10 - 12 inches
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Widely Adaptable Well-Drained
Moisture Moderate to Low Once Established
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Rosy Pink
Foliage Color Green
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Early Spring
Fragrant Yes