Thyme is a low-growing shrub and makes an excellent ground cover in any garden. It needs full sun and well-drained soil, but will reward you with a carpet of purple flowers and a garden full of heady scent and many bees.
Thyme can be propagated easily by taking cuttings or dividing the roots of existing plants. It can also be grown in containers. Pick the leaves while there are flowers on the plant. They can be both dried and frozen successfully. Use in cooking, as cough medicine, disinfectant or compress for strained or aching muscles.