(85-90 days. Thymus vulgaris) French Thyme has pungent foliage with gray-green tiny leaves and an upright growth habit reaching 18 inches in height. Its flowers range from white to pale purple. French Thyme is a tasty addition to meat dishes, soups, stews, breads, salads and infused vinegars. It is combined with other herbs to create the European seasoning mix “bouquet garni.” It grows best in full sun and well-drained soil. The shrub is hardy in many growing regions. It’s a great plant for raised beds and containers. Frequent harvesting will encourage leaf growth throughout the warm season.