Thyme (Thymus vulgaris))

Why it’s in the garden

Thyme is well known as a culinary herb, but it has also been used for its antiseptic, antifungal and antioxidant properties. The active ingredient, thymol, is included in toothpaste and topical applications. It has also been studied for its role in inflammation, and weight gain.

Chemical Structure: Thymol
Chemical Structure: Thymol


Thyme is a low growing woody shrub which grows to a maximum height of around 30cm. It has small green leaves of varying shades, with small purple flowers.

Care and Maintenance

Generally low maintenance, it can be trimmed back with hedge shears if it gets tall and woody.