You almost never see Carnation plants for sale here but I spotted some at Walmarts a couple of weeks ago and bought one. So far so good and it's covered in buds, as soon as they bloom I've been cutting them and bringing them into the house. I also have loads of the dianthus plumaria, some 5 or 6 years old. They take a lot of abuse and keep on going. They're as pretty as the carnation they just don't smell as sweet or as strong.