A picture of a Thyme Snowdrift

Thyme Snowdrift

Thymus serpyllum 'Snowdrift'

Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a strong fragrance

Thyme Snowdrift Overview

Thyme is steeped in history, a resilient herb boasting a plethora of applications. This cultivar is excellent set in rock gardens or planted between stepping stones. It is attractive to beneficial insects and a “must have” for any herb garden.

Common problems with Thyme Snowdrift

Generally healthy but frequent and excessive watering deprives roots of oxygen, leading to root and stem rot. In humid environments, established plants must be pruned back and thinned to reducing the incidence of diseases like powdery mildew.

Thyme Snowdrift Companion Plants

Brassicas and all leafy greens are good companions for Thyme.

How to harvest Thyme Snowdrift

Leaves and sprigs can be harvested at any time during spring and summer. Allow tender stems on the thyme plant to harden off before winter for less die-back on the plant over the cold months.

How to propagate Thyme Snowdrift


During spring or autumn, sow into trays or directly into the garden when temperatures are around 13°C. Germination is fairly slow, 14 days to a month. Seedlings should be planted up to grow on and then acclimated slowly to outdoor conditions.


Split plants during the Spring months. Ensure each division has roots attached to it.

Special features of Thyme Snowdrift

Attracts useful insects

Particularly enjoyed by bees and butterflies.

Drought resistant

Fairs well in hot and dry conditions.

Pot plant

A great herb for containers. Plant thyme with rosemary, as it also has similar watering needs.

Other uses of Thyme Snowdrift


The flowering stem contains thymol, a strong antiseptic. Used in bath preparations, deodorants and ointments treating wounds.


Suitable for rock garden or paving crevices, where they release their fragrance when trodden on.