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Creeping Lemon Thyme


I bought a variegated creeping lemon thyme last year and the whole plant has reverted to dark green, especially after the slugs decided to munch the whole thing. Is there anything I can do to change it back? it's in a very sunny spot, so I am wondering, if I dig it up and place it in the shade it might change? or should I just except it's now green? I am not sure why the slugs love it so much, they ignore all the other herbs.






  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,112

    It sounds as if part of the plant has reverted to non-variegated which has then outgrown the variegated as it is naturally stronger.  The thing to have done would have been to cut out the all-green shoots last year - sounds as if it's too late now.

    No idea why the slugs like it - sink a straight-sided yoghurt pot into the soil, just a little bit proud of the surface, and fill it with beer - they'll like that even more image

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,305

    Don't put it in the shade, that won't help

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • I would have cut the green out, but that was all that grew back after the serious slug munching. I ended up watering the plant with garlic water and this stopped the slugs and it grew back all green. I have got some beer traps in the garden and they are helping, but may have to get the garlic water out again.

  • Thanks Nut and Dove, I thought thatshade might help, because it said online they didn't like it too hot and it did get very hot in my garden last summrr. I shall leave it where it is. I have done some googling and it looks like this thyme in particular likes to revert back to green, so doubt I could have done much.. I am guessing if I cut all the branches off, I'll probably kill it?

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