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Thymus 'Silver Queen' (v) AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub or Alpine/Rockery

Habit

Bushy

Fragrance

Leaf

Resilience

Hardiness

H5 (hardy - cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Pale Purple in Summer

Foliage

White and Dark Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

0.1-0.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

5-10 years


Preferred common name

thyme 'Silver Queen'

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

'Silver Queen' is a bushy dwarf evergreen shrub to 20cm in height, with small, ovate, dark green leaves edged with creamy-white, and clusters of tiny pale mauve flowers in summer

Synonym(s)

  • Thymus vulgaris 'Silver Queen'

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • East-facing or South-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Easy to grow in most well-drained alkaline to neutral soils in full sun

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but 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

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free