Lemon Thyme is an extremely fragrant herb. The lemon scent and taste are very strong. It has tiny leaves that pack a huge punch. Basically, it grows the same as German thyme.
Planting – It does well in containers or planted directly into the ground. It grows about 12 inches tall and takes on a small bush like appearance.
Sun – It requires full sun.
Soil– It likes very well-drained soil. I mix Miracle Gro potting soil with six months fertilizer in it and some light composted soil at a 50:50 ratio. Good drainage is very important. Adding a little sand to the mix will help with that.
Water – Be careful with over watering because it is prone to root rot. It is better for this plant to be a little too dry then too wet.
Trim back lemon thyme in the spring to encourage new growth and to keep it from getting too woody at the base of the plant. However, never cut into the woody base.
This is a hardy plant that grows pretty fast. I think that is a huge benefit because you can cut it often and it will replenish quickly. It’s also beautiful! It has a pleasing, lush appearance. Combine that with the smell and it’s perfect.
When it’s dried, it retains that fabulous fragrance and taste. It may even be a little stronger. I take cuttings and tie them at one end with twine. Then, I hang it up to dry. After it’s dry, I separate the leaves from the stems and store the leaves in a glass jar to use for cooking or aromatherapy.
In the kitchen, it is wonderful to cook with. As you would expect, it has a strong lemony taste. It goes especially well with fish. I use it when I cook flounder. Remove the leaves from the stem and just use the leaves to cook with. You can cook with fresh or dried leaves. Lemon thyme is a great addition to any herb garden.