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Thyme Archer's Gold

Thymus citriodorus(Pers.) Schreb. Archer's Gold

Mat forming lemon scented herb

A colourful thyme that is great in the kitchen and looks good too. It makes a low spreading mat of small aromatic golden leaves studded with masses of tiny pinkish-mauve flowers during summer.

Where?

Ideal for containers, edging walkways, herb or gravel gardens, and raised beds. Needs a sheltered sunny spot to survive the winter.

How?

Easy to grow in a well-drained soil but add some coarse grit to the planting hole if your soil is heavy and wet in winter. Harvest the young leaves as required. Use a good quality general purpose compost for container growing and raise the pot on 'pot feet' through the winter months to help with drainage.

Perfect for use in culinary dishes, particularly chicken and fish recipes.

Plant details


In depth plant information

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Plant type Herb, Perennial herbaceous
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available March - September
Season of interest Summer
Flowering June - August
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 10 cm - 50 cm
Plant width 10 cm - 50 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 20 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained, Medium
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Position the stake in the hole, on the side of the prevailing wind and drive it into the soil, to a depth of 60cm. The stake should be a third of the height of the tree, when planted. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole close to the stake, with the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Use two tree ties to secure the stem to the stake. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year. Check ties regularly and adjust them as the tree grows.

Planting site Mediterranean garden, Rock garden, Gravel garden, Flower border and beds, Garden edging, Coastal or drought resistant, Cottage garden, Informal garden, City garden, Courtyard garden

Additional Information for Fruit, Veg and Bulbs

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Sowing March - December

Typically available

From March to September