OH, I love fresh basil!! I like to make my own pesto sauce. I always end up with more than I can possibly use, but it still smells so heavenly! I put my basil in a planter on the porch. Same with rosemary, parsley and green onions. With the green onions, it's easy to reseed at intervals that way too so you have a small yet continual yield..Well, I plan on planting some Genovese basil. I don't usually plant until the last week of April or the first week of May. I had a mini rose bush that I planted around Mother's Day several years ago. It has done well.
Like you, I don't usually like to put things out in the ground until at least the first week of May, last week of April at the earliest. I'll do good enough just to keep the deer and rabbits out of everything again, hehe. The wild critters steal everything they can get to, LOL!