Creeping Savory Plants – How To Care For Creeping Savory Plants In The Garden

Creeping Savory Plants – How To Care For Creeping Savory Plants In The Garden

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By: Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

Creeping savory in gardens are compact, fragrant plants at home in herb gardens or along borders or pathways. These easy-to-grow herbs are also well suited for containers or window boxes where the trailing stems can cascade over the edges. At only 2 to 4 inches (5 to 10 cm.) tall, creeping savory plants make ideal ground covers. This hardy little herb is suitable for growing in USDA plant hardiness zones 6 through 9. Read to learn about growing creeping savory in your own garden.

Creeping Savory Uses

Creeping savory (Satureja spicigera) is a variety of savory herb and, as such, its uses are many. Here are just a few of the most common creeping savory uses in the garden:

Traditionally, savory was used to relieve sore throats, coughs, flatulence, diarrhea, menstrual problems, arthritis, and insect bites. It shouldn’t be used by pregnant women.

Creeping savory has a flavor similar to thyme or marjoram. It is used either fresh or dried to flavor a variety of foods.

In the garden, creeping savory blooms attract bees and other beneficial insects. It is said to repel certain types of pests when companion planted near onions or beans.

Growing Creeping Savory Plants

Learning how to care for creeping savory in the garden is an easy endeavor.

Creeping savory thrives in sunny, arid conditions and nearly any type of well-drained soil, including poor, highly alkaline soil. The plant tolerates intense heat and drought and tends to become leggy in shade.

Plant creeping savory seeds in late winter or after frost danger has passed in early spring. You can also propagate creeping savory by taking cuttings of mature plants. The seeds may be difficult to find.

Keep new creeping savory plants moist until the plants are established. Thereafter, water sparingly. In general, creeping savory plants require water only during dry spells.

Pinch the tips of new growth in spring to encourage full, bushy growth.

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Satureja spicigera ( Savory, Creeping) Herb Plant

Satureja spicigera ( Savory, Creeping) Herb Plant

Some Herbs may be too tall for our standard packaging and will be trimmed to fit. This will not be detrimental to the plant but will mean that these herbs will flower later in the year.

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Savory, Creeping (Satureja spicigera) Herb in 1Litre Pot

Creeping Savory, or Satureja spicigera is a frost hardy perennial that is similar to its shrubby cousin, Winter Savory, but will creep and form a small dense groundcover, reaching 8cm high and a spread of about 30cm. Creeping Savory is an attractive rambling plant that enjoys well-drained soil and a sheltered position, and frequent picking will help keep the plant from becoming leggy, treat as a rock plant and give sun and sharp drainage.

In the late summer, Creeping savory is covered in tiny white flowers that look enchanting against the bright green linear leaves, that have an aromatic pungency to them, as befits a Savory.

An excellent culinary herb, and a very pretty garden plant.

Herb Usage

Savory , Creeping is similar in flavour to its cousin Winter Savory. Like other savory's it is an excellent salt substitute. The fresh leaves have a strong spicy flavour and make an excellent accompaniment with bean stews and with meats, working especially well as a flavouring for chicken or turkey. The strong flavour of the leaves become much milder under prolonged cooking so to keep the flavour add the herb near the end of cooking. Chopped winter savory makes an excellent addition to Yorkshire pudding batters lifting the flavour of the dish. As a result it works wonderfully in toad-in-the-hole.

In modern times this herb is little used but for centuries it used to be a staple of many herb gardens. It was said to have antiseptic and digestive benefits. It has also been used as an expectorant and as a poultice for the treatment of bee stings or insect bites.

The truth is that it is so easy to grow and has a wonderful distinct flavour so there is no reason for you not to introduce it into your own garden.

Buy Savory, Creeping Online

Our potted Savory, Creeping herb plants are generally available to buy online between March and September.

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