Thymus vulgaris There are many varieties of thyme. The most commonly used are Garden Thyme and Wild Thyme. Garden Thyme is sometimes referred to as English Thyme. There are very few poultry, meat, or vegetable dishes that can't be improved with the use of thyme. Wild Thyme is preferred in French cuisine, where it is a widely used herb. The only caution in using thyme is that, in general, you should use less than you think will be needed. It is much easier to add more should the flavor be too flat.