Final chance to buy hardy herbs for winter. Our online store closes for orders from 12pm Wed 27th October.
Latin Name: Thymus 'Fragrantissimus'
Type: Evergreen, Perennial
Soil Type: Free draining
Where should I plant this variety? Full sun
How tall does it grow? Approx 25cm
How much space does it need? Approx 25cm
When does it flower? Pink/white flowers during summer
Top care tips: Prune regularly to avoid plant becoming leggy
One of our favourite varieties - Orange Thyme.
Thymus 'Fragrantissimus’ as we refer to it in private.
Orange Thyme smells fantastic. Some would say that it tastes even better. It still smells and tastes of a little citrus, like Lemon Thyme, but it is much more subtle - it is distinctly ‘Orangey’. This means that it brings a certain sweet and sour element to the flavouring it provides. Chefs that we work with at BBC Good Food Show have used this variety to season poultry or to go into Thai curries.
This variety is also worth growing for the beautiful white flowers that appear en mass in late spring.
It is easy to grow, hardy and evergreen. What is not to like?
Thyme enjoys growing in free draining soil. It really does not like sitting in wet compost so adding grit and additional drainage to the planting medium would be a really good idea. It would enjoy being planted somewhere sunny and then left to its own devices until you need to use it. Really important - you need to prune the Thyme plant to keep it in shape but also to prevent the plant from becoming woody and leggy. Even if you are not using it a lot (WHY?!) you should cut up to the top third of the foliage to encourage new growth. Pruning to encourage positive growth is really important.
From January to March, customers are able to pre-order herbs for delivery later in spring, to ensure that you receive the unusual varieties that you desire. We begin dispatch of pre-orders from late March, once all items in your order are available for dispatch in one delivery, as some varieties will be available a little later in the year than others. You will receive notification when this dispatch takes place along with tracking information but if you would like an estimated delivery date after placing your pre-order, please do not hesitate to contact us.
From late March to autumn, herbs will be available for immediate dispatch subject to their availability. We dispatch our fresh potted herbs Monday-Wednesday each week to avoid postal delays over the weekend. We aim to dispatch all fresh herb orders in less than seven days, i.e. an order placed Thursday-Sunday would likely be dispatched the following Monday/Tuesday. Orders placed Monday-Tuesday we would aim to dispatch by the Wednesday of that week. We do not dispatch on bank holidays.
If you have a specific dispatch date that you would like us to aim towards, please do not hesitate to let us know. We can't guarantee a particular date but will strive to do our best for you.
All orders are dispatched via a next day courier, ensuring that your herbs reach you promptly and in good health. For customers in the Highlands and Channel Islands this is a 48-hour delivery service. (From 2021 onwards we are unable to ship to Northern Ireland.)
Please note that we do not offer a collection service. Our site is not suitable to receive visitors and this is a rule that we have to apply universally out of respect to our neighbours and family.
We aim to reuse packaging as much as possible. Your herbs will be delivered in taupe recyclable pots. We are moving over to using plastic blister cell packaging which contains at least 90% recycled content and is itself 100% recyclable. These things are important to you and are important to us.
Occasionally due to circumstances beyond our control, problems can arise. If you are not satisfied in the condition of your plants upon reaching you, please contact us as soon as possible providing pictures so that we can deal with your enquiry and feedback to our courier service. We will endeavour to ensure a resolution is reached that leaves you satisfied.