How to cut herbs - for basil don't pluck leaves off, instead trim stem. Leave two sets of leaves on stem (leaves grow in pairs across from each other). Cut immediately above the second set of leaves from the ground. Plant will then grow new branches from this cut.
Potted Plants for Shade. The main dark leaved plant with pink is Dracena 'baby doll', the pink and green speckled heart shaped leaf on the left is a Caladium, the reddish flowers are from the begonia 'angel wing', the purple trailing plant is Scaevola, the yellow one is Bidens.