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Variegated lemon thyme – A perennial shrub

Variegated lemon thyme is a perennial shrub. It grows up to a height under 6 in. (15 cm) to 6-12 in. (15-30 cm). It is a hardy variety of perennial and has aromatic and leaves that are lemony. It has a pattern of yellow and green of leaves. It is a small bush and is used in ledges and as a hanging on the wall. It looks like German or English thyme and its aroma is similar to green lemon thyme. It is heat and drought tolerant.
This thyme is used as an ornamental plant and herb. The leaves are used for culinary purposes and leaves are chopped and used in place of lemon. The flavor is citrus. It is also used as a groundcover. The flowers are from Pale pink to violet or lavender color and bloom from late spring to mid summer. The foliage is herbaceous and is used for xeriscaping. It is variegated and in Chartreuse/Yellow color.
The soil pH requirements are from 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic) to 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral) to 7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline) to 7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline) to 8.6 to 9.0 (strongly alkaline). This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and birds.

Growing Conditions of Variegated lemon thyme:

• This plant need full sun.
• This plant needs well drained or dry soil.
• Transplant the plant after the last frost of spring.
• Spacing of the plant should be 12 inches apart.
• The soil pH requirements are from 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic) to 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral) to 7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline) to 7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline) to 8.6 to 9.0 (strongly alkaline).
• These plants can be propagated from new clumps and roots too.
• Establish new clumps and transplant them.
• The roots can be grounded after last frost in spring.
• Plant in holes dug that are 3 to 4 inches deep and across.
• Break the root plugs of 1-2 inches across.
• Soak the roots.
• From stem cuttings, take stems that are 3-4 inches long.
• Plant them in the soil and cover in 1/3 of the stem after dipping them in rooting hormone.
• Transplant them after 4-6 weeks in spring.

Care for Variegated lemon thyme:

• Fertilize it for it to grow well.
• Use organic fertilizer.
• This plant needs full sun and well drained soil.
• Do not place the plants deeper when growing.
• The plants should be 6 to 9 inches apart.
• Mulch around and not on the top of the plant.
• Mulch with 3 inches of organic compost.
• Water well until the soil is moist.
• Trim back the plants in spring.

Photos of the plant.

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