Thyme and rosemary both typically belong in the herb garden, but with an awareness of their various growth habits, you may use these herbs efficiently as ornamentals. Hardiness does vary depending on species or cultivar to get both types.


This herb has little, rounded green leaves that feel soft between the fingers while rosemary has rigid needlelike leaves. Rosemary grows on straight stems that change from green to woody as the stalk matures. Tender small thyme stalks are thin particularly early in the growing season. Like rosemary, thyme stalks ripen in a brittle, woody consistency. Rosemary shrubs may get up to 6 legs tall and 4 legs wide, while thyme grows 3 to 12 inches tall and one foot wide.

Rosemary, native to the Mediterranean, and thyme, initially from southern Europe, are well adapted to hot and dry summers and mild, damp winters. Both these fragrant herbs make a great match for a water clever garden. Thyme makes a fantastic edible, fragrant and green groundcover.

It grows 3 inches tall and it is a wise choice for between paving stones, as a groundcover or growing over a wall. Rosemary, with its woody upright growth it is more suitable as hedge. Utilize it to edge a path, as people brush past, they could odor the aromatic leaves. In the herb garden, orient rosemary in the background and maintain thyme in advance.


Or, select a trailing rosemary, like Irene to spill over a wall or container. Both of these perennial woody herbs provide all year round harvest in mild climates. Pinch off the branch guidelines as you need them. Pinching can be stimulates growth and promotes a bushy shape.

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