Ok.. specifics definitely help.
Rosemary is a tender perennial, meaning it might survive cooler temps or a really mild winter, but will probably not survive a zone 7 or lower winter. So if you're in Missouri, or Michigan or some state with a similar climate, bring your tender perennials inside.
Basil is an annual, not a perennial. It will not come back the following year.
Common herbs that are perennial - will come back year after year - that you may want to try are sage, thyme, oregano. I also recommend flatleaf italian parsley. It's biennial, meaning you can get two growing seasons out of it. So if you plant seeds to years in a row and let the seeds fall and do their thing, you should have parsley every year.
The best time to water is in the morning, before the heat of the day. Second best would be the evening so long as you're watering the soil, not the plant. Water left on the leaves can lead to fungus development if it doesn't dry off.
We all have to start somewhere in learning about things. If you're interested in particular herbs, please make a list, also if you can tell me your location, I can tell you which zone you're in. The more you keep trying, the more you'll learn and the more you'll know. And it's always nice to have a variety of fresh herbs ready to be harvested just a few steps away.