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If I could only have one herb, it would be Thyme. Not Tarragon, not Rosemary. Certainly not Parsley which is pretty but has too little flavor. Thyme has the richest, earthiest, deepest flavor (technically, fragrance) of them all.
It's a Mediterranean plant (Thymus vulgaris) but the Romans spread it around and it can now be found growing wild in the US. At the Farm, it grows wild in dry, nutrition-deprived meadows and makes a soft and fragrant footing as long as you avoid the bees. Wild Thyme and garden Thyme are the same things. Around here, there is Creeping Thyme (good for between flagstones) and regular Thyme. It's evergreen, and has no problem with rough winters. All Thyme wants is bad soil.
There is no need to harvest Thyme except when you need some. Even in winter, it stays fresh and fragrant under the snow. I usually use whole twigs in a recipe, not leaves. You can pull the twigs out later.
This year I am growing more herbs amongst the perennial flowers as they do in Spain. I have figgered out how to help Sage survive feet of snow.
Thyme is also my favorite. Perfect with carrots. It goes very well with hot peppers. There are rosemary bushes all around my neighborhood in TX. I would think that thyme would also grow well here, but rosemary is what I see.
I guess I should purchase some thyme plants and plant them in the 200 square feet of dirt around my patio.
My wife grows a herb smorgasbord in pots, most of them conveniently arranged around the backdoor and the walkway leading to it. Thyme though lives out by the greenhouse because it is so ugly (her words, not mine), even though she seems to use it more than any other.
On Colorado's Front Range thyme doesn't spread much and it usually dies out every ten years or so. I don't know why. I've never had any problem with sage surviving even three feet of snow; it survives just fine, as does tarragon.
This spring for the first time in years my rosemary wasn't completely killed and is coming back. I'm guessing the relatively mild –5°F low temp last Winter had something to do with it.