Thymus vulgaris ‘English’ – Common or English thyme is a native of the Mediterranean and was brought to the British Isles by the Romans. It has broad dark green tapered leaves with good flavour and lavender-pink summer blooms that attract butterflies and bees. This evergreen sub-shrub is drought tolerant once established. Grows 12-18″ high by 24″ wide. Hardy to zone 5.
Thymus x citriodorus ‘Archer’s Gold’ – This thyme features bright golden-yellow foliage all year long and was collected by Bill Archer in Somerset England. Introduced in 1979, it is more commonly used as an ornamental or groundcover. It features pale lavender-pink summer blooms and the lemon-flavoured foliage is good in marinades. Grows 6-10″ high by 8-12″. Hardy to zone 6.
Thymus vulgaris ‘French Summer’ (syn. ‘Narrow-Leaved French’) – Although it is technically the same species as English thyme, this selection has more narrow or curled leaves that are distinctly grey-green and sweeter tasting, which the French seem to prefer. The edible pale pink flowers make a lovely garnish on salads. One of the ‘bouquet garni’ herbs. Grows 12-18″ high by 24″. Zone 5.
Thymus x citriodorus ‘Aureus’ – This golden variegated lemon thyme has large leaves with a strong citrus flavour ideal for adding to chicken or fish dishes. It is an attractive evergreen perennial that does not look out of place in rockeries or mixed container plantings. Prefers part to full sun with good soil drainage. Grows 6-10″ high by 10-12″ wide. Hardy to zone 5.
Thymus pulegioides ‘Tabor’ – Also known as Oregano Thyme (due to its oregano overtones), this cultivar was named for Mount Tabor in Israel and was introduced in 1995. It is quickly becoming a favourite among foodies and may one day overtake English as the thyme of choice. It has large rounded green leaves and pale mauve flower spikes. Grows 6-8″ high by 15″ wide. Zone 6.