Thyme is a Mediterranean native of the mint family, and is one of the most widely-used herbs. All thymes, of which there are many species, are wonderfully aromatic. Garden or common thyme, which grows easily from seed or cuttings, is the variety generally used in cooking. Others are more useful as groundcovers or in rock gardens. Many will tolerate light foot traffic, and the action of the foot brushing against the foliage releases a wonderful scent.
Thymes prefer full sun to part shade, and need well-drained conditions, either in-ground or in a container. They are fairly low-water-use once established and will rot if watered too often. Because of their water preferences, they are a good companion plant for hardy succulents, enjoying similar cultural conditions. Thymes are generally perennial in our area if drainage is adequate during our wet Alabama winters.