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Planting a Thyme Wheel

There are at least 350 different species of thyme, originating as far afield as Asia and Greenland, but most are found in Mediterranean countries.


GAP Photos/Nicola Stocken

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The majority are low-growing, mat-forming evergreen shrubs with tiny aromatic leaves and small tubular flowers, in pink, white or purple shades. Thymes are ideal for growing in the cracks between stones, paving and bricks, or in awkward hot spots on baked earth. All thymes have aromatic leaves, but the fragrance varies greatly from lemon or pine-scented, to having hints of camphor, caraway, spicy orange. Thyme is amongst the smallest evergreen herbs, creeping along the ground in dense, aromatic mats. Provided they are grown in free-draining soil that is not rich in nutrients, thyme establishes easily in containers, as a path edging, or in cracks between paving. In ancient times, thyme was used by the Egyptians in an embalming oil, and in incense. It has strong antiseptic properties and Jekka McVicar, an expert on herbs, soaks thyme to make her own antiseptic kitchen spray. 'It's especially good if you have young children because they are bombarded with so many chemicals nowadays,' she adds. As a medicinal herb, thyme is used to relieve coughs and makes an effective mouthwash for treating infected gums. The essential oil contains thymol, which is an antiseptic and expectorant, and is often added to cough syrups and gargles to kill bacteria and loosen phlegm in the chest. It is also thought to enhance the blood circulation to the brain, improving memory, and, when used as a bath oil, soothes aching muscles. An infused oil is easily made by cramming a small bottle with the flowers and leaves, and covering with almond oil. Seal, after eliminating air bubbles. Once the oil is the colour of the flowers, strain and bottle. With so many varieties to choose from, an attractive feature is created by contrasting one against the other in a Thyme Wheel — foliage ranges from variegated silver or gold, to bright or dark green. The habit varies too, from neat mounds, to creeping mats or long trailing stalks. A free-standing Thyme Wheel is easily made from a galvanised tin washtub that is pre-drilled with drainage holes before adding a thin layer of gravel and compost. Then, on top of the compost, place a salvaged iron and wood wheel, planting different varieties of thyme between the spokes.



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