Herb Picks featured this year are especially associated with Madalene Hill, who either discovered the specific herb and introduced it into the marketplace or because it has been named in her honor. Every year, these herbs are found scattered throughout Arbor Gate gardens and especially in The Madalene Hill Herb Garden located at the Herb House entry.
Many thymes are very successful in our local gardens, providing flavor for numerous favorite dishes, pleasant scents, and delightful blooms for color in many differing areas. They also provide amazing decor for container gardens as well!
Thymes occur in three sub-groups: upright, 12 to 18 inches tall, creeping herbs up to 6 inches, and very flat creepers only 1 to 2 inches in height. Creeping White Thyme falls generally in the second group, although there are also flat-growing cultivars with white blooms. Both examples have some degree of spicy fragrance and fine flavor, but cooking with very low-growing creepers is difficult because of their tiny size. All are tolerant of our general climate and weather patterns.
The outstanding White Creeping Mother of Thyme is evergreen and attractive to bees and butterflies– a great addition to the garden for many reasons — but especially dramatic when covered with its characteristic bright white blooms.