White Creeping thyme, creeping thyme
Light: full sun
Height: 1-2 inches
Spread: 10-15 inches
USDA Hardiness Zones: 5-8
Origin: Europe and North Africa
Talk about a sweetie! White creeping thyme (Thymus praecox ‘Albiflorus’) is a very low-growing plant that can stand foot traffic. This creeping thyme grows only an inch tall and spreads to create a dense mat of small, ovate, light-green leaves that, when crushed, fill the air with a delightfully spicy fragrance.
In early summer, delicate flowers about the size of a pencil eraser appear. The flowers cover the plant, masking the foliage, and look a bit like snow cover. White creeping thyme is a multipurpose plant that can be grown between flagstones, in containers, as a garden border edge, on a slope and even as a lawn substitute. It is adaptable, thrives in many garden conditions, and is even considered deer-resistant.
See white creeping thyme in the Paul Busse Garden Railroad at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Garden.
— Barbara Arnold
Franklin Park Conservatory