Honed Granite Takes Centre Stage

300kg Spheres Add Monumental Beauty to Landscapes

Move over, birdbaths and stepping stones – there's a new heavyweight contender in the world of landscape design; the honed granite sphere. These impressive man-made creations, each weighing a hefty 300kg (about the same as a grand piano!), are becoming a sought-after addition to gardens and public spaces.

A Touch of Modern Elegance that Shines

Honed granite offers a unique aesthetic. Unlike polished granite, which has a high shine, honed granite has a smooth, matte finish that exudes a sense of modern elegance. This finish allows the natural beauty of the stone's color and flecks to come through. When wet, however, the honed surface transforms. The water acts like a natural polish, bringing out the stone's inherent shine and depth of color. Imagine a perfectly round, honed granite sphere glistening after a summer rain, its natural hues accentuated – a truly captivating addition to any landscape.

Focal Point or Conversation Starter

The sheer size and weight of these spheres make them a guaranteed conversation starter. They can be used as a central focal point in a garden, drawing the eye and anchoring the space. Imagine a perfectly round, honed granite sphere nestled amongst vibrant flowerbeds, or positioned dramatically on a bed of gravel. The possibilities are endless!

Granite balls on the pond

Granite Balls Can Be Functional Too

While their size is impressive, these spheres can offer functionality as well. They can be used as:

  • Seating: A strategically placed sphere can create a unique and stylish seating option in a garden.
  • Water Feature: By adding a water feature to the top of the sphere, you can create a calming and visually stunning water cascade. The cascading water will naturally keep the sphere wet, enhancing its beauty.
  • Sculpture: The simple yet monumental form of the sphere makes it a beautiful sculptural element in itself.

When Considering Granite Spheres

Before incorporating a 300kg sphere into your landscape design, there are some important factors to consider:

  • Foundation: The ground needs to be properly prepared to support the weight of the sphere. A strong foundation is crucial to ensure its stability and prevent any damage to the surrounding area.
  • Placement: Think carefully about the placement of the sphere. Its size will naturally draw the eye, so consider how it will interact with other elements in the landscape.
  • Delivery and Installation: Due to their weight, specialized equipment is needed to move and install these spheres. Factor in the cost of professional delivery and installation when planning your project.

Where to Buy Granite Spheres in the UK

While not as common as smaller landscaping stones, such as granite setts, paving and cobbles; honed granite spheres can be found from specialist stone suppliers in the UK. Here are a few places to get you started:

Stone Suppliers: Many stone suppliers that deal with granite countertops and other stonework may also offer honed granite spheres. Look for companies with experience in large, heavy stone pieces.

Online Suppliers: Some online marketplaces may have listings for honed granite spheres from various suppliers. Be sure to check the weight, dimensions, and material carefully before purchasing.

Granite Setts Direct: Here at Granite Setts Direct we stock a range of Granite products including large spheres. Whether you have an immediate need or simply the seed of an idea, we would welcome your enquiry and would be happy to help you through the process.

Remember: Due to their size and weight, it's important to factor in delivery and installation costs when considering purchasing a honed granite sphere.

Granite balls on pallets ready to be shipped

Honed granite spheres are a bold and unique way to elevate your landscape design.

Their size, beauty, versatility, and ability to transform with water make them a conversation piece that will add a touch of modern elegance to any outdoor space. Just remember, with great spheres comes great responsibility – ensure proper planning and installation to make these impressive additions a lasting feature in your landscape.

Granite Spheres bordering a garden path

Alternative Sizes

We have granite spheres available in a range of sizes and colours. Available sizes would be 30mm, 40mm, 50mm and 60mm diameter. Generally honed finish but can be shot blasted if required.

These are high-quality products, don’t be confused by reconstituted stone products; these balls are solid granite. They can be drilled if required and used as water features, as pier caps or simply as statement pieces. Pier caps can also be supplied to the required dimensions.

A 400mm diameter ball weighs in at around 80 kilos whereas the 600mm spheres weigh just over 300 kilos. They can be palletized and shipped throughout the UK.

Prices vary depending on the size so please contact us for more details.