The Summer Savory

Summer savory (Satureja hortensis) is an aromatic plant native to southern Europe. Consumed since ancient times, its Latin name means "satyr grass" because it has aphrodisiac properties and was therefore used as a sexual stimulant.

General information
Savory Garden is an annual herbaceous plant very melliferous. Also called "Bean herb", it is very fragrant and its taste is similar to thyme by adding a touch of pepper and mint.

Hardy No
Watering Low
Exposure Sunny
Lifespan Annual

Summer savory propagate by sowing into the soil or under shelter. It can be done in late spring. Before that, it must be done in a nursery to then transplant the plants. Seeds should be covered just a little bit and watered slightly. The emergence takes place about 15 days after. When lifting seedlings, it is important to respect a certain spacing: 20 to 30 cm between plants and 40 cm between rows. For a seeding in place, they have to be thinned out to 20 to 30 cm apart when 3 or 4 leaves appear on the seedlings.

Location / Exposure
This condimentary plant likes light, poor, stony and well-drained soil, even dry. Half sand and half potting soil is good. It needs to be exposed in full sun and it can grow either indoors or outdoors.

Growing summer savory is very easy because it does not need any special care. Whether on a balcony, a terrace or in the garden it adapts easily to its location and remains soft with a minimum of water. In the ground it only needs watering when it is very hot but cultivation in pot requires more watering. It is also good to apply fall mulch in cold climates to protect it from frozen.

The harvest of this culinary herb is very fast, it can already be done 2 months after sowing and this throughout the whole plant life. It is better to do it in the morning when the taste is more pronounced. Leaves and flowers can be eaten fresh or can be dried under cover and in the shade.

Summer savory dies in winter. And since it is a self-seeding plant, it's important to make sure that it completes its cycle on time. Indeed, it can be left to its own because it will bolt to seed then self-seed and pop up all over the garden!