This page talks about what winter garden seeds from David's Garden Seeds® you might want to try planting. This list is if you live in zones 7 and higher (think South, like Texas, Florida, Arizona, and Southern California). They will probably work in zone six and in the other zones they might or might not grow.
This is a list of the varieties I suggest for growing in the winter time in zone 7 or higher. As I stated above, they will probably grow in zone 6. Anything lower and you will have to do some homework to find out if they will grow in your zone. But because these may not, it does not mean you cannot find something that will grow in your zone. Where there is a will, there is a way.
I have chosen an heirloom where it is available on my list below. But many hybrids will grow just as good if not better. Again, these are my recommendations.
Beet -- Detroit Dark is the best all around beet.
Broccoli -- Waltham is my favorite.
Burdock -- Chiko
Cabbage -- Early Jersey Wakefield
Carrot -- Little Finger is great because of its short size so it will mature faster
Cauliflower -- Amazing
Collard -- Georgia Southern
Fennel -- Florence (bulb type)
Greens -- Mache Vit
Arugula -- Plain Arugula
Mustard -- Southern Giant Curled
Kale -- Toscano
Kohlrabi -- Purple Vienna
Leek -- American Flag
Onion -- Texas 1015Y
Onion Bunching -- Tokyo Long
Parsnip -- All American
Pea -- Some will handle some cold, especially snow peas -- you will have to research these yourself
Radish -- Champion
Rutabaga -- American Purple
Salsify -- Mammoth Sandwich Island
Scorzonera -- Enorma
Shallot -- Matador
Spinach -- Bloomsdale Long Standing
Swiss Chard -- Rainbow
Turnip -- Purple Top White Globe
With flowers there are many varieties within each family. I have not grown any of them so I will list a link to to each one. These are according to Bob Webster who is the gardening guru for this area, not to mention a good friend.
The below list is our recommended herb list to grow. Each type contains several varieties so we have linked them to the page you will find them on.
Garlic can be grown in the winter time as well.
Mint is best grow in a container because where ever you plant it, it will take over.
Savory -- Winter
Cover Crops - Buy Winter Garden Seeds
Below are some cover crops we recommend for cold weather growing.
For more information on how to buy winter garden seeds for your particular area, contact your local county extension agent or a university in your area that has an extensive agricultural program. Remember that we are located in South Central Texas and are used to growing year round. Not everything we put up will fly in the cold weather many of you experience.