Golden Lemon Thyme description
Golden foliage throughout the year, especially bright during the winter.
Lilac flowers in the summer.
A pollinator friendly plant including bees.
This is a butterfly friendly plant.
Good for wildlife in general.
A bat friendly plant.
How easy is it to grow:
This has won the RHS Award of Garden Merit . To win this impressive accolade the plants must have outstanding excellence for decorating a garden, be robust, not require highly specialist growing conditions or care and not be particularly susceptible to any pest or disease.
This has a strong lemon fragrance and is good to put alongside a pathway, in a herb garden, front of a border or patio and is easy in the first few years but as it gets older it becomes more woody and less attractive, also it must have well drained soil with no clay.
Also known as: Golden Citrus Thyme.
Botanical name: Thymus citriodorus aureus or Thymus pulegioides Aureus
Very similar is Thyme Bertram Anderson.
Golden Lemon Thyme culinary uses:
Use in fruit salads, fish sauces, cream cheese and stuffing.
The best position in the garden:
Is it useful as a ground cover plant?
Yes, it fills a space nicely at the front of a border.
Can it be used for planting amongst paving?
Yes, it doesn’t mind being trodden on sometimes.
What type of soil:
Any reasonable, well-drained soil, also tolerates chalky soil.
How much moisture:
Normal, or dryish stony.
Hardiness and, or, lifespan:
Hardy, provided the drainage is good.
Care and maintenance:
When newly planted always keep it watered until the roots have grown down and it is able to find its own moisture.
Can trim back after flowering to remove any untidiness.
Size of plant:
Height 15 cm.
Spread 70 cm.
Planting density – to calculate how many plants are required in a planting scheme:
Allow 2 plant per square metre.
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