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A sad thyme

Label's gone walkabout but I'm pretty sure this is 'Silver Queen'. Planted 2 years ago and as you can see, it's gone very sad indeed. My fault, as I know I should have given it some attention and chopped it back, but it was so bushy and beautiful last year that (a) I didn't have the heart and (b) didn't realise it would look so horrible just a few months later.

If I cut it back (really hard?) would it shoot again and revive? If so, is this a good time or not? Or is it beyond redemption, such that I should just replace it?

The other thing about it was that although its attraction was the pretty, variegated foliage, I was expecting it to flower profusely last year (and hoping it would for the bees, who I thought would love it), having settled in for a year and grown so well. But it never did -- just one solitary flower spike, and I wondered why that might be.


  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 22,682
    Thyme isn’t a very long-lived plant.

    I’d take lots of cuttings (this is the perfect time of year) so that you have lots of new plants coming along.
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  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 11,126
    As pansyface says, you could try some cuttings in very gritty compost, then give it a severe chop and see what happens over a couple of months.

    I have several varieties and the 2 that I really love are Porlock Thyme-

    It's in full flower at the moment. When flowering has finished I give it a good trim.

    The other is Thyme Jekka is a creeping variety that also does well and needs only a light trim in the summer. It spreads widely but doesn't get to more than 2-3"

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  • Thank you both so much, and I'll try as you suggest.
    (Love the look of the Porlock thyme, by the way - thanks for posting a pic.)
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