Cool Product Awards announced at TPIE 2021
Aglaonema 'Ultra Pink'
Photo courtesy of Costa Farms | All other photos courtesy of respective companies

Cool Product Awards announced at TPIE 2021

In total, 11 companies were recognized, and 14 different products received awards.

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Per a press release issued by the Garden Center Group, garden retail judges have announced the winners of the virtual Tropical Plant International Expo (TPIE) 2021 Cool Product Awards. Eleven companies were awarded for 14 "Cool Products." Read the Garden Center Group's recap below, and find links for more details on the items shared, which are listed by company in alphabetical order.

Colorful Classic Canna
Abbott-Ipco, Inc. | www.abbott-ipco.com

Colorful Classic Canna rhizomes are derived from virus tested tissue culture. Classic Cannas thrive in all heat climates and will rebloom spring through fall. Their tropical, lush foliage attracts pollinators. Grown in the USA!

New Jurassic Rex Begonia
Ball Seed | www.ballseed.com

There are now four series of Rex Begonias from Ball:

  • Jurassic, which is a new take on a classic plant!
  • Jurassic Dino, which is a compact habit for 4"-6" pots
  • Jurassic Jr., which features 40% smaller leaves than Jurassic for less breakage
  • Jurassic Megalo, which is ideal for 10" pots and larger

Yucca rostrata Collection
Botanics Wholesale, Inc.| www.botanics.com

This collection of specimen sized Yucca rostrata (Beaked Yucca) have been containerized for customers’ convenience. Ranging in age from 15-30 years old, these plants are slow growers capable of reaching heights of 15'. They are extremely drought tolerant and able to withstand temperatures below 0F.

Vriesea ‘Happy Yellow’ [P]
Corn. Bak B.V. | www.bromelia.com

This Happy series of Vriesea features a yellow branched inflorescence with a different look. Also available in red and purple. Suitable for a 3–5” pot.

Aglaonema 'Mellow Yellow'
Costa Farms | www.costafarms.com

Mellow Yellow Aglaonema features large, oval, dark green leaves heavily variegated in creamy yellow — no two leaves are the same. Ideal for brightening low-light corners, Mellow Yellow also tolerates inconsistent watering, making it as easy to care for.

Aglaonema 'Ultra Pink'
Costa Farms | www.costafarms.com

This Aglaonema really stands out in store displays, and Ultra Pink stands out due to its bold, year-round color. Each red-pink leaf is edged in a band of rich green.

6" Carnivorous Garden in a Monster Box
Flori-Design | www.flori-design.com

This carnivorous garden has three killer plants in it. It comes in a plastic box that has bilingual care instructions on it. The box also has fun monster plant graphics on it to attract consumers.

Hollywood Hibiscus ‘Earth Angel’
J. Berry Nursery | www.jberrynursery.com  

J. Berry’s newest tropical addition to the Hollywood Hibiscus line is Earth Angel. It features bright white blooms accented by contrasting, deep green foliage.

Minimalist Collection
LiveTrends Design Group | www.livetrendsdesign.com   

The Azure Collection, which features eight designs, is sculpted from concrete and overlaid with Soft Touch surfaces. Marrying urban architecture design with glass and concrete, these forms exude an unexpected tranquility with designs that are eye-catching and unique.

The Fluidity Collection, which features six designs, is inspired by the powerful, feminine forms and flowing silhouettes seen in Zaha Hadids’ architecture, smooth ribbing in sensual patterns is combined with monochromatic colors for a refined variety of products.

Curator Collection
LiveTrends Design Group | www.livetrendsdesign.com


The Terrestrial Collection, which features eight designs, is inspired by the biodiversity of deserts withintricate surface qualities. A combination of neutral colors paired with organic shapes and textures makes this collection a tantalizing assortment of designs that begs to be touched.

The Cosmic Collection, which features 10 designs, showcases sensitive and soothing aesthetics. From the outset, the designers re-imagined organic surfaces and curated an amalgamation of tactile designs that capture a refined yet raw beauty.

Rose Brindabella ‘Crimson Knight’
Sun-Fire Nurseries | www.sunfirenurseries.com   

The newest Brindabella Rose ‘Crimson Knight’ features deep red blooms, a high petal count and classic rose fragrance. Disease-resistant Brindabella roses offer form, function and fragrance — modern shrub roses with old fashioned appeal.

Mandevilla ‘Sun Parolsol Sunbeam’
Sun-Fire Nurseries | www.sunfirenurseries.com 

Suntory Flowers introduces Sun Parasol Sunbeam, the first yellow in the original group and in the brand as a whole. Blooms are a buttery yellow with a darker throat. Plants have a bushy habit ideal for sunny containers and hanging baskets.

Artisan Collection
Urban Jungle | www.theurbanjungle.com

Conceived on a pottery wheel, the Artisan Collection features a variety of terracotta forms that invite a sense of calm through its gentle curves and intentional design.

Earthenware Collection
Urban Jungle | www.theurbanjungle.com

Tactile, organic surfaces in rich earth tones invite warmth and charm to all spaces. Inspired by ancient pottery techniques of shaping clay by hand, the Earthenware Collection combines the beauty of raw materials with trendy foliage for a unique assortment of rustic pottery full of character.