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Gold Edge Lemon Thyme

Thymus x citriodorus 'Gold Edge'

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Gold Edge Lemon Thyme (Thymus x citriodorus 'Gold Edge') at Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses

Thymus x citriodorus 'Gold Edge' flowers

Thymus x citriodorus 'Gold Edge' flowers

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Plant Height:  4 inches

Flower Height:  6 inches

Spacing:  15 inches

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  4a

Description:

This variety brightens the landscape with its golden variegated foliage; fragrant foliage is ideal for teas with its citrus scent, makes a fine herb for the garden edge; trim out all shoots that revert to green

Edible Qualities

Gold Edge Lemon Thyme is a perennial herb that is typically grown for its edible qualities, although it does have ornamental merits as well. The tiny fragrant round light green leaves with distinctive gold edges which emerge chartreuse in spring can be harvested at any time in the season. The leaves have a savory taste and a pleasant fragrance.

The leaves are most often used in the following ways:

  • Cooking
  • Drying
  • Seasoning
  • Tea

Features & Attributes

Gold Edge Lemon Thyme is smothered in stunning spikes of pink flowers with lilac purple overtones rising above the foliage from early to late summer. Its attractive tiny fragrant round leaves emerge chartreuse in spring, turning light green in color with distinctive gold edges the rest of the year.

This is a dense herbaceous evergreen perennial herb with a spreading, ground-hugging habit of growth. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect. This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Spreading

Aside from its primary use as an edible, Gold Edge Lemon Thyme is sutiable for the following landscape applications;

  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Herb Gardens

Planting & Growing

Gold Edge Lemon Thyme will grow to be only 4 inches tall at maturity extending to 6 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 18 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 15 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant is quite ornamental as well as edible, and is as much at home in a landscape or flower garden as it is in a designated edibles garden. It should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. Consider covering it with a thick layer of mulch in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Rock  Edging  Garden  Groundcover  Herb 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Texture 
Ornamental Features