Thymus serpyllum 'Pink Chintz'
2 to 3 in.
12 to 18 in.
genus native to Europe, western Asia, northern Africa
USDA zones 4-8
hardy to 8,500 ft.
Pink chintz thyme is a short, mat-forming plant with woolly green leaves.
In spring, it grows salmon pink flowers that cover the evergreen foliage. This thyme is also more tolerant of drought conditions than other thymes.
It is an excellent choice for planting between pavers, rock gardens, or where a short groundcover is desired.
Pink chintz thyme has been a good mat-forming plant at the Xeriscape Demonstration Garden. It is slightly more mounded than other thymes and suffers less winter dieback.
None generally needed, but weeds may need to be removed between plants. Winter watering will help prevent dieback in areas with no persistent snow cover.