Thymus pulegioides 'Bertram Anderson'

Lemon-scented thyme

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Key information

Plant type

Herb

Flower colour

Lavender

Feature

Flowers, Aromatic foliage, Attractive to wildlife

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

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Plant details

Holder of the Royal Horticultural Society's prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM), this fine decorative thyme, previously known as 'Anderson's Gold', is a hybrid produced by crossing garden thyme with the dwarf broad-leaved thyme,T. pulegioides. It forms neat spreading mounds of golden leaves, particularly attractive as an edging and also valuable for planting in paths. Planted en masse about 20cm (4in) apart, it can be used to make an alternative fragrant lawn that will withstand light use - trim twice annually, once in spring and again after flowering. Although a variety of lemon thyme, this does not have the strong citrus fragrance of its parent, but it is useful as a source of mild thyme flavour.

Family: Lamiaceae

Genus: Thymus

Species: pulegioides

Cultivar: Bertram Anderson

Plant type: Herb

Flower colour: Lavender

Foliage colour: Golden

Feature: Flowers, Aromatic foliage, Attractive to wildlife

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Chalky/alkaline, Dry, Sandy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 25cm

Spread: 25cm


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