Thymus citriodorus - Lemon Thyme Description
Dual-purpose plants are pretty fantastic and lemon thyme is one of them! It’s well known for being an absolutely delicious addition to meals - giving chicken dishes a zesty pop, bringing an interesting zest to sugar cookies, or bringing a little class to a mixed drink. What is less well known, however, is its value as an ornamental ground cover! It can handle tough conditions like dry, poor quality soil and thrive. It’s great for tucking between stepping stones where light foot traffic will disturb foliage enough to release its scent.
Special features: Cold hardy, deer resistant, drought tolerant, low maintenance, fast-growing, fragrance, edible
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- Botanical name:
Thymus citridorus 'Lemon'
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- Sun exposure:
Sun (6+ hrs/day)
- Ship form:
3 1/2" Pot
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- Height x width:
6-12" X 6-18"
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- Bloom season:
Alpine & rock, container gardening, cottage gardening, edging, ground cover, rock garden, small spaces, edible, pollinator garden, herb garden
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Soil: Grows easily in average soils, but prefers sandy or rocky soils with good drainage. Will tolerate and perform well in poor soils.
Light: Performs best in full sun.
Water: Prefers dry conditions and will not tolerate overly moist or soggy conditions. Likely to develop root rot if overwatered in soil that has poor drainage.
Spacing: 6-12" apart
Fertilizing: Does not require fertilizer.
Winterizing: If planted in its coldest zone (5) it benefits from original garden placement in an area protected from strong, freezing winds in winter. If already planted in a cold corridor, cover with mulch.
Maintenance & pruning: If it starts to get woody and leggy, sheer back to last layer of healthy green and it will bulk up. In spring all old foliage can be trimmed off.
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