Creeping 10–12″ mat-forming perennial brings depth of flavor to soups, gravies, casseroles. Said to calm the nerves, soothe headaches. As good in salad dressings as it is in sore-throat remedies. Bees love its short lavender flower spikes. Likes well-drained light dry alkaline soil. Its fine root system makes thyme difficult to move around the garden.