S. montana. Winter Savory resembles its summer cousin but is a perennial with thicker leaves that are sturdier and stronger flavoured. The little bush will grow in alkaline soil. Plant Winter Savory seeds for a lovely aromatic edging for the herb garden. Winter savory goes dormant in winter, but don’t be tempted to cut back the bare stems and branches. In early spring a fresh batch of leaves will emerge over the whole plant all at once. Winter savory has a strong, herbaceous aroma when crushed, and it matches particularly well with mushrooms and in potato salad. Try a small amounts sprinkled into salads. Winter savory seeds can be planted as a companion plant to beans in order to repel weevils. It is also grown near to roses to repel aphids.