Green throughout most of summer and
Valley Thyme enters its variegated stage in the cool of Spring.
Heavily scented of lemon,
Doone Valley Thyme makes a nice little mat or mound for filling in
and around taller plants like Grape Sage
Lemon Verbena. Each plant spreads
to about 18 inches and produces 3 or 4 inch long flower heads full of pink
flowers. If a flatter ground cover is desired, these flowers should be
sheared off after bloom. If they are left, the thyme will crawl over the
spent flowers, adding height to the mound.
We list Doone Valley Thyme
as hardy to Zone 6, but there have been some reported successes in Zone 5.
It is helpful to mulch around ground cover thymes to fend off encroaching
weeds until the plants can fully shade the ground from any light that might
germinate weed seeds. When mulching, do not cover the plants; rather
surround them with mulch and filter the mulch down into the thyme with your
Doone Valley Thyme is not a cooking
thyme. The Lemon scent does not hold up in cooking as regular
does. However, both the leaves and the blossoms can be used as brilliantly
colored, fragrant garnish. Or, you can leave the flowers for the bees.
Bees love all blooming thymes.