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From the Horticulturist at The Hill: Henry Flowers, Curator of Festival Hill Gardens:
“Here are some plants recommended for the winter: Cool-Season Annual Herbs: dill, fennel, parsley, cilantro/coriander, chervil, lovage, anise, and caraway (the last two are more difficult, but worth a try). Vegetables: lettuce, kale, chard, turnips, beets, spinach, radicchio, chicory, arugula, dandelions, mustard, bulbing fennel, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and kohlrabi (a personal favorite). Flowers: borage, calendula, dianthus, violas and pansies, violets, alyssum, snapdragons, chamomile, feverfew, and nasturtiums (will need protection from harsh cold).
Other plants: Now is also a good time to plant perennial herbs such as rue, rosemary, sage, sorrel, savory, thyme, catnip and catmint, salad burnet, and oregano. It is also a great time to plant hardy trees and shrubs, especially roses – herb of the year 2012 (potted roses make wonderful, long-lasting gifts!). These lists are not all inclusive, but they are a great place to start.
Remember too that the winter is a great time to plant and grow many of our best edible flowers. All of the flower plants listed above, with the exception of snapdragons and alyssum, are edible if grown organically – and so are roses! And since I’ve mentioned roses, here is a list of some that I think are the best ones for us (and many of these are ‘Earth-Kind’ varieties): Belinda’s Dream, Carefree Beauty (Katy Road Pink), Maggie, Old Blush, Cecile Brunner, Souvenir de la Malmaison, Mutabilis, Souvenir de St. Anne’s, Mrs. B.R. Cant, Penelope, Prosperity, Marie Pavie, Green Rose, Knock Out, Climbing Pinkie, New Dawn, and Archduke Charles. If you need a rose to fit certain criteria, the staff at the Antique Rose Emporium is a good source of reference.