How to Build a Ball Garden


A ball garden features garden balls, otherwise known as gazing globes. This is often made of stainless steel and can range in size from 3 to 12 inches. They come in a wide variety of colors and are often quite shiny or reflective. Some people like to say they keep naughty spirits out of the garden, which is why gardeners of earlier ages were fond of them. They look interesting and whimsical. Stands for balls are available in most architectural styles, or you can simply hang one from a shepherd's hook stake.

Step 1

Structure your garden like a series of rooms. This will allow you to develop and create lines of view. A good way to start this process is by looking through windows from inside your home that look out into your garden. Your window naturally limits what you can see so that the area you immediately view becomes a room. Note what the central spot is that you see from your window. You should have several of these from different sides of your house.

Step 2

Return to your garden and locate the central viewing spot. This spot is a viewing destination and probably an excellent location for a focal point. Stand at your focal point and look toward your window. This is possibly the boundary of one outdoor room. Your house will have key views, such as from the street, front door or through garden gates or hedges. Identify the natural views and the existing boundaries that your garden already possesses.

Step 3

Feature balls within a specific area of your garden. A ball garden may be a select room within your garden where a collection of balls is housed in a dry fountain as a central feature, or you can hide balls in and among the bushes for people to discover as they walk your garden. Your style of gardening in each room should reflect a mood or feeling.

Step 4

Shape the entry shrubbery to your ball garden with ball-shaped topiary containers. Use plants that produce large, ball-shaped floral displays, such as hydrangeas, agapanthus or gomphrena. This repetition of form and shape can be enhanced by circular pathways, curved archways and other garden features.

Step 5

Change the color of your balls to coordinate with the seasons or what is currently blooming in your garden. Gazing globes add sparkle and catch the light at odd moments. You will discover that your garden suddenly attracts children and a few nosy neighbors trying to discover the source of that mysterious light emanating from your garden.

Step 6

Line a walkway with alternating globes and flowering ball baskets suspended on shepherd's hook stakes. These are particularly nice for parties, and you can plan a color theme for the event. If your party passes into evening, replace some baskets or balls with round solar light lanterns to help light the path of guests.

Things You'll Need

  • Gazing globe
  • Stand
  • Shepherd's hook stake
  • Mallet


  • Main Street Seed and Supply: Gazing Globes
  • Lawn Ornaments and Fountains: Gazing Balls
  • Landscaping Design Site: Gazing Balls
Keywords: gazing globe garden, ball garden basics, colorful garden balls

About this Author

F.R.R. Mallory is a senior at UC Berkeley completing degrees in both Neuropsychology and English. She has been published since 1996 in both nonfiction and fiction, books, short stories, articles and essays. Her fiction short story "Black Ice" recently won a National Space Society contest.