- botanical name: Satureja hortensis
- height 10-18″
- spacing 8-10″ apart
- full sun tolerant, partial shade
- dry-average soil
- flower color white or pale pink
- uses in garden: great in containers, use cut flowers and foliage in arraangements
- use in peas, pork, sausages, soups and stews, vinegars, aids in digestion when added to bean dishes
- attracts bees and butterflies
Summer Savory has a strong, hot and slightly bitter flavor similar to Thyme. The appearance is similar to Winter Savory with slender, erect stems, sparse bronze leaves and small, pale pink flowers. Summer Savory is native to the Mediterranean regions; it was much in demand in early Rome where it was thought to be a powerful aphrodisiac. Summer Savory is used as a companion plant for beans because it deters bean beetles and they taste great together!
Savory is well known for flavoring salami, but Summer Savory brings a wonderful flavor to peas, pork, and sausages as well. Aids in digestion when added to bean dishes. Chopped leaves can be added to soups and stews toward the end of their cooking time so as not to get bitter. Use it to make a flavorful oil or vinegar. Dried foliage and flowers make a good filler in arrangements.
You may sow seed directly into fine garden soil or start indoors early, then transplant in spring when all danger of frost has passed. Spread seed on warm soil and cover with 1/8-1/4 inch fine soil. Seeds will germinate in 7-14 days. Once plants are two to three inches tall, thin to space plants 8 inches apart. 60-70 days to harvest.