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Thymus serpyllum 'Pink Chintz' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Alpine/Rockery or Shrub

Habit

Mat forming

Fragrance

Leaf

Resilience

Hardiness

H5 (hardy - cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Pale Pink in Summer

Foliage

Dark Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

Up to 10 cm

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

5-10 years


Preferred common name

thyme 'Pink Chintz'

Family

Lamiaceae


Thymus are evergreen woody-based perennials, shrub or sub-shrubs with small aromatic leaves and terminal whorls of small, 2-lipped, tubular, purple, pink or white flowers in late spring or summer

'Pink Chintz' is an evergreen sub-shrub forming a wide mat to 5cm in height, with small, aromatic, dark green leaves and terminal heads of flesh-pink, 2-lipped flowers

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing, North-facing, West-facing or East-facing
  • Exposed or Sheltered

Cultivation

Easy to grow in most well-drained alkaline to neutral soils in full sun. Suitable for rock garden or paving crevices, where they release their fragrance when trodden on. Attractive to bees

Soil

  • Well-drained
  • Alkaline or Neutral
  • Loam, Chalk or Sand

Propagation

Propagate by division in spring. Semi-hardwood cuttings may be taken in mid- to late-summer although some bottom heat may be required

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Gravel Garden, Patio/Container Plants or Rock Garden


How to care

Pruning

Cut back hard after flowering to retain compactness

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free