Winter savory captures the best qualities of many herbs in one. Spicy and peppery with a hint of thyme and mint, this complex seasoning is especially delicious in rich, savory dishes. An attractive ornamental in rock gardens and borders, it beckons bees and other beneficial insects, and is a low-maintenance herb that grows well in poor soils.
• Botanical Name: Satureja montana
• Family: Laminaceae
• Native: Western Asia and Europe
• Hardiness: Perennial in USDA zones 4–8
• Plant Dimensions: 6"–12" tall, 10"–12" wide
• Variety Information: Compact, semi-evergreen bush with woody stems, and linear-shaped, glossy, 1/2"–1" long, dark green leaves. White to lilac-colored flowers appear on tips in summer and foliage may turn reddish as temperatures cool in fall.
• Exposure: Full sun
• Attributes: Attracts Pollinators, Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Good for Containers
• When to Sow Outside: 1 to 2 weeks after your average last frost date.
• When to Start Inside: RECOMMENDED. 8 to 10 weeks before your average last frost date. Ideal soil temperature for germination is 65°–70°F.
• Days to Emerge: 10–20 days
• Seed Depth: Surface
• Seed Spacing: A group of 3 seeds every 8"
• Row Spacing: 12"
• Thinning: When 1" tall, thin to 1 every 8"
• Harvesting: Harvest individual leaves at any time. Entire stems may be cut after plants are at least 6" tall, as long as you do not remove more than 1/3 of the plant. Winter savory is evergreen but flavor may be less pungent during the winter. Flavor is most intense just prior to flowering.