I read with interest your Growing Panes article in the November/December 2012 Hobby Farm Home magazine giving gardeners ideas for which herbs to grow inside for the winter. I have to disagree though on two of your selections for the Don't List, particularly lemon verbena and lavender. I understand that lemon verbena typically drops its leaves and plays dead. Some people don't want to take care of sticks during the winter months. I get that. This is my lemon verbena at this moment on a western facing windowsill.
Again even though you have lavender on the Don't List, I have had success getting tender lavenders through the winter both in my garage which faces south and on the west facing windowsill. I read in your book The Unexpected Houseplant that you too have had success with 'Goodwin Creek' Lavender. This is my 'Goodwin Creek' this year. It may be a bit sparse at the bottom, but it will come through the winter in good shape.
Lemon Verbena Lady