Satureja montana / Winter Savory / Aromatic Culinary Herb / Seeds

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Satureja montana / Winter Savory / Aromatic Culinary Herb / Seeds

Winter Savory is a tasty Mediterranean herb with an appealing peppery flavour. Plants have a bushy form, growing to a height of about 40cm.  They have narrow leaves and small white to pale lavender flowers in late summer, typically from July to October.   Winter Savory is often grown in the herb garden, and is also an attractive garden plant for Mediterranean style gardens.  They grow well in containers.  Bees love these plants.

The leaves are used fresh or dried, either as a garnish or in cooked food. This herb is often used as an alternative to Sage or Thyme.  It is very similar to Summer Savory, an annual with a milder flavour and bigger flowers.  

Winter Savory grows best in full sun to part shade and well drained soil.  The young leaves and flowers are trimmed and used during the growing season.  They are evergreen plants in warmer gardens, and will lose most of their leaves over winter in colder areas.

Pack of approx 500 seeds.  Sow anytime, typically winter/spring.  Germination is erratic and can be slow, taking 1-2 months, sometimes longer.  Sowing instructions and a colour photo are printed on the seed packet.

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Hardiness Hardy semi-evergreen perennial sub-shrub (RHS Hardiness H5)
Flowers July to October
Height 25 - 40cm
Spread 20 - 40cm
Conditions  Sun to part shade and well drained soil
Sow Sow anytime, typically in winter and spring.  First scarify the seeds by rubbing them gently between sheets of sandpaper.  Then sow the seeds on the surface of moist seed compost in trays or pots.  Cover very lightly with compost.  Keep at 15-20C and germination is erratic at 1-2 months, sometimes up to 6 months, so do not discard the tray too quickly.   Plant out after hardening off.   Keep summer/autumn sowings in a greenhouse or coldframe over the 1st winter.
Grow Harvest the younger leaves and flower tops as you need them.  Leaves re-grow again during the growing season, providing a regular harvest of herbs.  Trim plants lightly in the autumn to maintain a good shape and remove a few of the woodiest stems to the ground.  Softwood cuttings take well in early summer.  Plants are at their best as a culinary herb when younger and are often replaced every three or so years.