Golden Lemon Thyme, also known as Doone Valley Thyme, is mostly known for it’s intense lemon scent and spreading habit. In the spring the small leaves are streaked with splashes of yellow turning deep-green in the summer and taking on a reddish hue in the fall and winter. In the summer expect the foliage to be covered in pink flower clusters.
Thyme is a slow grower so harvest sparingly. Clip the stems just before the plant begins to bloom and wait for your plant to fill in more. Wash Thyme and gently shake off the water. You can dry the leaves on the stem (which makes it easier to remove them) or you can remove the leaves and then dry them. You can use a dehydrator or use the old fashioned method of hanging in bunches. Store the dried leaves in an air tight container in a dark, dry location.
Freezing is the best way to preserve the flavor of Thyme. Place on a cookie sheet and stick in the freezer. Remove and strip the leaves. You can place them back in the freezer in a container or bag or mix with a little bit of olive oil and freeze them in ice cube trays.
Spacing: Plant 6″ to 9″ apart.
Height: Grows 2″ to 4” tall.
How To Grow: Plant in full sun.
Outstanding Features: If planted in between paving stones where there is moderate foot traffic, Golden Lemon Thyme will release a nice fragrance. Though it doesn’t hold up like other lemon thyme when cooked, it can be used as a garnish.
Tips: Deer and rabbit resistant. Drought tolerant. Attracts bees, butterflies and birds.
Uses: Culinary Herb, Garden Bed, Containers, Xeriscapes
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