Thyme, Thymus vulgaris, is an aromatic plant of Mediterranean origin, whose very fragrant leaves are generally used either fresh or dried. It is a perennial plant, which produces a beautiful compact carpet, with small dark green leaves and pink decorative flowers in spring and summer. There are many varieties of thyme, with variegated yellow or greyish leaves. The dense and compact habit makes this plant suitable for flower beds or pots on the terrace, to be cultivated as an ornamental plant. The thyme is a plant that should be placed in the sun, in a well-ventilated place, otherwise it tends to grow too long, and the leaves lose their flavour. Watering is provided only when the soil is very dry, especially in very dry periods. Most of the most common varieties do not fear the cold and frost, but it is often necessary to prune in late winter to remove branches damaged by frost or bad weather, and to foster the development of a low shrub with dense vegetation.