Summer Savory

Savory summer

The leaves are aromatic, oblong, pointed and greyish with a strong pepper taste. You can find small white/mauve flowers in summer.

Annual. H:45cm W:spread 40cm. 12cm, 17cm.

Winter Savory

Savory winter

The leaves are dark green, linear and very aromatic, and you can find white, pink flowers in the summer.

Perennial. H:40cm W:spread 30cm. 12cm, 17cm.

Summer Savory and pork

Savory and pork

With a wide variety of Savory spices is Summer and Winter Savory  the most common when it comes to cooking. The Summer Savory has a more peppery flavour and is a great addition to any meat dish.



In the garden:

Growth Characteristics:
• Useful edging plant.

Summer Savory ( S. hortensis ):
•Annual, Frost tolerant.
•Height: ±45cm; Spread: ±30cm.
•Small white/mauve flowers in summer.
•Leaves are aromatic, oblong, pointed and greyish.
•Known as the Bean herb.

 Winter Savory ( S. montana ):
•Perennial, Evergreen, Frost tolerant.
•Height: ±40cm; Spread: ±30cm.
•Small white/pink flowers in summer.
•Leaves are dark green, linear and very aromatic.

• Full sun; Well drained, composted soil.

• Pick fresh leaves and flowers throughout the year.

Companion Planting:
• Vegetables: Plant with Beans, Onions, Attracting Beneficial insects: Bees.


Culinary use:

Use Winter and Summer Savory leaves. The flavour is hot and peppery and can be used with:
• Vegetables, Pulses, Widely used in bean dishes as it helps to prevent flatulence.
• Fresh Salads.
• Eggs.
• Rich meats, Flavouring Salami, Sausages, Chicken.
• Use as a replacement for Salt and Pepper if on a salt free diet, Butters, Marinades, Vinegars, Oils, Savory Jellies, Stuffings.
• An ingredient of herbes de Provence , with Rosemary, Thyme and Origanum.
• Italian dishes.


Cosmetic use:

• Add to the bath or use as a facial steam as an astringent and antiseptic for oily skin.


Health benefits

Summer Savory may be beneficial in the following cases:

• Alleviate the pain of bee stings if rubbed on the affected spot.
• Considered a stimulant and was once in demand as an aphrodisiac.
• Use as an antiseptic gargle.

Lymphatic System
• Bronchial conditions, Sore throat.

Digestive system
• Stimulate appetite.
• Ease indigestion and flatulence.

Preparation and dosage:
• TEA:
A cup, 2 times per day.


Repellant for:

• Whitefly.