Plant spacing is based on the ultimate width of the plants. This figure is normally given as a range; for example, 3-5’. If you live in a cold climate and/or want plants to fill in more quickly, plan to space at the shorter end of the range. If you live in a warm climate, are on a limited budget, or are willing to wait longer for plants to touch, use the higher end of the range. Using the larger number is recommended when calculating distance from a building or structure. There’s really no such thing as "maximum spacing": if you don’t want your plants to touch, you can space them as far apart as you’d like. All plant spacing is calculated on center, or in other words, the centers of the plants are spaced one half of their eventual width apart:
Unless you are planting in a straight line, as you might for hedges or edging, space your plants in a staggered or zig-zag pattern for a more interesting and naturalistic look:
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DescriptionDual-purpose plants are pretty fantastic and lemon thyme (Thymus citridorus) 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.DetailsBotanical name: Thymus citridorus 'Lemon' Common name: Lemon thyme Zone: 5-8 Sun exposure: Sun (6+ hrs/day) to part sun (4-6 hours sun) Height x width: 4-6" X 15-18" Flower color: Pink Foliage color: Green Bloom season: Early summer Uses: Alpine & rock, container gardening, cottage gardening, edging, ground cover, rock garden, small spaces, edible, pollinator garden, herb garden. How To GrowSoil: 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: 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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