Is that Phlox?
Millcraft
June 22, 2012 in Photo Questions
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Lankford Associates Landscape Architects
Hi there, the purple plant is Thymus serphylum, creeping mother of thyme. Very drought resistant, bees love it and deer don't. Blooms for about 6 weeks, can be mowed after bloom and is evergreen but turns bronze in the fall. A very cool plant. I plant 4" pots at 18" on center.
June 22, 2012 at 6:53PM     
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kimmclain
Beautiful!
June 24, 2012 at 6:00AM   
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benleeds
Does the Thumus serphylum thrive on the west coast...Malibu?
September 22, 2012 at 7:38AM   
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pamlegros
love it!
October 9, 2012 at 1:57PM   
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marewalker7
I live on the west coast. The front lawn is dry and infested with dandelions. Could this work to pretty it up?
November 14, 2012 at 10:27AM   
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Hi There,

The plant that looks like phlox is Thymus serphyllum, also known as red mother of thyme. It is a mounding ground cover that blooms for about 2-3 month in spring/summer. It is drought tolerant and spreads easily but is easy to control. It can be mowed after flowering to keep it low. It also can bear light foot traffic. I like it because it stays green year round. In the spring it has bright green leaves and in the fall the leaves turn bronze. The garden is located in the northern Pacific Northwest on the north end of Camano Island. The garden gets little or no water and has interest throughout the year.
November 15, 2012 at 10:21AM     
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jarrow
How spectacular. Would this plant grow in south east Queensland Australia where the winters are mild and arid and the summers wet and humid?
May 26, 2013 at 9:24AM   
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Thymus serphyllum should survive there. It does well in drought, so the wet summers may give it some trouble. I think if you plant it in a sunny, sandy loam it would survive. Try a small one to see the success and habit of the plant and let me know if it works.
May 29, 2013 at 10:40AM     
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