Grow Culinary Lemon and Silver Thyme

Grow Culinary Silver and Lemon Thyme

Some folks use salt and pepper to taste up their food, I sprinkle fresh herbs because they add a flavor that will truly rock your world.

Years ago, my grandma taught me to grow and cook with culinary herbs; almost 40 plus years later I’m still cooking this way.  Not only do they add flavor to different types of food they also compliment a healthier lifestyle.

Thyme is one of my favorite herbs but there’s so many varieties sometimes it makes it difficult to choose.  My two favorites are Lemon and Silver, one has a nice solid green foliage and the other is variegated. Both taste amazing by themselves and their flavor multiplies when mixed with other herbs like basil, oregano and sage.

Culinary Silver Thyme

Planting Silver Thyme

I recently planted Silver Thyme in my Startle Garden and it’s just what that space needed.  The variegation was a nice touch adding contrast with the surrounding shades of green.

Planting in shades of green is neat and bringing these hues together adds foliage detail that’s simply energizing.

Herbs also bloom later in the summer with pretty little flowers. This is when the plant goes to seed and when I get inspired to make herb wreaths. 

Silver Thyme produces lilac flowers and the plant has lemon-scented green leaves edged in silver.  This variety grows and smells very similar to lemon thyme and their floral blooms are also similar.

Both also welcome the honey bees and butterflies making it the perfect addition to any garden.

Plant Care: Grow in well-drained soil in full sun and remember to lightly trim back after flowering.

Propagation is a dream by dividing in the spring or fall.  You can also take softwood cuttings in the early summer and semi-ripe cuttings in mid- to late summer. Sowing by seed in the spring is another option but remember they’re slow to germinate.

Thyme Woody Base Structure

The Woody Plant Base for Ground Cover

Both Silver and Lemon Thyme have a very woody plant base, new growth is much softer and tends to strengthen after blooming season.

The woody structure grows close to the ground so it makes for a strong plant that’s also easy to care for.  It only grows about 12 inches tall so if you’re seeking a pretty ground cover both silver and lemon thyme would be great options.


How Lemon Thyme Grows

Many Culinary Thyme Varieties

I’ve included additional culinary Thyme varieties because it’s possible you may want to try these in your herb garden. There’s a number of plant options and isn’t it interesting how one category can sprout so many choices?

Plant care and propagation is very similar among them all and the main thing to remember is herbs thrive in full sun.  Here’s the thing though many will also do well in shaded areas; make sure they’re getting at least 6 – 8 hours of sunlight a day and you’ll be thrilled with the results.

Silver and Lemon are my favorites because they complement with other herbs.  I’m not sure if I’ll ever branch out from these two because my goal is to simplify the garden and only grow my favorites.

You may want to investigate following options to discover your front runners.

  • English Time
  • Penn. Dutch Tea Thyme
  • Orange Balsam Thyme
  • Juniper Thyme
  • Caraway Thyme
  • Italian Oregano Thyme
  • Grey Hill Lemon Thyme

Lemon Thyme also makes a great ground cover plant

So instead of grabbing the salt and pepper to add flavor think about growing some culinary herbs like Silver and Lemon Thyme.

Grandma always had this way of planting herbs around the yard that complimented her Italian cooking; I do the same because once an Italian always an Italian. Her food always tasted amazing and she rarely follow a recipe, instead she followed the flavor.  Guess what? I cook the very same way.

For more tips on growing thyme read here and consider branching out making your landscaping or garden offer more than just pretty things to look at.

Easy to Grow Culinary Herbs Like Silver and Lemon Thyme are great for natural flavor.


  1. I wish I had learned to cook with herbs. Nowadays I experiment on my own, so I’m always looking for new herbs to add to my garden. I don’t have lemon thyme so I’m definitely going to add that one. Thank you!

    1. Carole says:

      It’s pretty easy to cook with, my grandma use to say a little bit of this and that. Learning not to over do one can be hard, like I always use to much basil for Robert. I love it but he prefers less. Herbs in your pasta dishes is fantastic and I love them fresh just sprinkled over grilled chicken or fish. Most of the time I take a mix of three herbs cut (easier with kitchen scissors) mix with Olive oil sometimes also add garlic and then add the mixture the last few minutes of cooking time. Then sometimes I use that same mixture to marinate chicken before I grill. Just play with them and have fun!

  2. daisy says:

    Paisan! I am half Italian and my French momma was a fabulous cook who used herbs abundantly! My thyme is growing gangbusters right now. It’s one of my favorite herbs with its mild flavor. I had never heard of these two varieties! I think I need to expand my potted herb collection!
    Enjoy your weekend, girl!

    1. Carole says:

      Hey you – see I knew we had more in common than gardening. My thyme is doing great too an it’s in part shade which has slowed down the growth a tad and that’s actually a good thing. Enjoy the weekend!

  3. Patti says:

    I’m a huge lover of thyme and used to grow many varieties. Now mostly regular garden thyme and lemon thyme. One of my favorite ways to use it is in veggie dip. It adds an extra punch I really like.

    1. Carole says:

      Try it with olive oil and mix in maybe some oregano and sage or even basil, I also like to add fresh grated garlic and some times a little soy sauce then marinate with chicken and grill later. So good…

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