Lemon thyme (Thymus x citriodorus) is a perennial plant with glossy green diamond-shaped leaves and pale lilac-pink flowers that bloom in the spring or summer time.
Along with the flavour of regular thyme, it also has a very distinct lemon smell and flavour. Due to this, the leaves can be used in any recipe that requires lemon juice, lemon zest or lemon flavouring. It can be used in any recipe that includes thyme, but it particularly flavours chicken, fish and vegetables superbly. Spice up your meal by using it in stuffing, soups and sprinkled over baked vegetables.
In the garden, thyme grows well as a companion to cabbage, onions and roses. This plant grows into a dainty low hedge, and is suitable to combination container planting and rock gardens. Lemon thyme prefers well-drained soil in an open sunny position. Thyme does not like wet feet.