Growing Golden Lime Thyme in your Garden

| 5/3/2011 9:48:57 AM

A. HawkinsAli Hawkins has been gardening since she was young; her family always had a garden out back and she used to love planting and drying herbs.  As she has grown up and moved around the world, she has found a constant comfort in gardening and herbs. Read her blog at Adventures of an Urban Gardener.  

I was recently at the Colonial Farmers' Market where I ran across golden lime thyme. (Say it out-loud; it's kind of fun.) How could I resist; it smelled amazing and I had never seen it before! So I am now growing lime thyme in my garden.

I am now growing golden lime thyme in my herb garden.
Photo by Alison Hawkins

This got me wondering about thyme, a very commonly used herb. How many different types are there? How many are used for culinary purposes? I thought I'd share a few little interesting facts I found.

There are more than 350 species of thyme ... who knew? Increasing this number are the various hybrids as well. Thyme is most known for its array of culinary uses, but it is also used in medicinal preparations, and as edible landscaping, groundcovers and shrubs. When looking for culinary thyme there are two families to focus on for the best flavor: common thyme (Thymus vulgaris) and lemon thyme (T. x citriodours).

Common Thyme