Satureja montana

Winter savory

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photo by Keith Burdett, copyright GAP Photos (106339)

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Winter savory has the same properties as its summer relative, S. hortensis, although the flavour is much stronger. The small perennial shrubs are semi-evergreen, retaining their leaves in all but the coldest gardens, and remain useful all year round. As an insurance, pot up a few plants in autumn and keep in a cold frame until needed indoors. Plants make ornamental small shrubs and deserve a place in the flower border or rock garden, and their attractive flowers are a welcome decorative bonus, appearing earlier than those of summer savory.

Family: Lamiaceae

Genus: Satureja

Species: montana

Plant type: Herb

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Chalky/alkaline, Dry, Sandy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 40cm

Spread: 20cm

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