These aromatic plants serve many culinary purposes. They're used to flavor sauces, vinegars, stews, soups, meat stuffings, and vegetables. Summer savory has a mild, delicate flavor; winter savory has a strong, pungent taste and retains its intensity when dried. Both are favored by honeybees but ignored by deer.
S. hortensis. SUMMER SAVORY. Annual. Zones US, MS, LS, CS, TS; USDA 6-11. From southeastern Europe. Upright to 112 ft., with loose, open habit. Aromatic, rather narrow leaves to 112 in. long; use fresh or dried as a seasoning. Whorls of tiny, delicate, pinkish white to rose flowers in summer. Grow in light, well-drained, organically enriched soil. Sow seeds in place; thin to 1112 ft. apart. Good potted plant. Regular water. 'Midget' is bushy and uniform, with a high oil content.
S. montana. WINTER SAVORY. Shrubby perennial. Zones US, MS, LS, CS; USDA 6-9. From southern Europe. To 15 in. high, 2 ft. wide. Stiff, narrow to roundish leaves to 1 in. long. Use leaves fresh or dried; clip at start of flowering season for drying. Blooms profusely in summer, bearing whorls of small white to lilac flowers that attract bees. Use in rock garden, as dwarf clipped hedge in herb garden (space plants 112 ft. apart). Grow in light, well-drained soil. Prune as needed to keep compact. Moderate water.