Thyme was once a symbol of courage and vitality. There are creeping and bush thymes to fill any sunny spot. The lawn thymes elegantly colonise edges and gravels, while the bushes (up to 36cm), in grey-green, or silver and yellow variegation, are great in pots or dry borders. A versatile culinary herb and garden plant that’s popular with bees and beneficial insects, this flowering groundcover is excellent along pathways and retaining walls.