Thyme is a low growing perennial that produces pink, purple or red blooms atop 4- to 12-inch plants. Its wiry stems grow either upright or creeping, depending on the species. Variegated varieties such as lemon thyme brighten the garden with flecks of gold or white. Grown in container gardens or raised beds, thyme trails gracefully over the sides.
Prune overgrown thyme plants in midsummer when growth slows and blooms diminish to encourage a flush of new growth.
Trim back growth that is 2 to 4 inches from the ground with a sharp pair of clippers. Cuttings can be used for seasoning in meats and poultry dishes.
Water thoroughly to saturate the soil to the root level. New growth should appear within a few days and the plant will typically show rapid growth for the next few weeks.
Repeat in late summer or early fall.