These days, you have more options in terms of stone materials for your landscape project, with black granite on top of that list. Natural stone suppliers in Canada have their own version of black granite. Some of the most popular black granites for outdoor landscaping are Jet Black, Midnight Black, Cambrian Black, and New Ebony from STONEarch.
Like all natural stones, every piece of granite is different and unique. For instance, our New Ebony granite has that classic velvet appearance that can provide your landscape with a stunning and mesmerising aesthetic. Meanwhile, our Onyx Black is the darkest and most exquisite granite available on the market today. Onyx Black can be used outside and it is available in large size formats for outdoor kitchens and BBQ countertops.
There’s no denying that black granite creates a bold statement. Most landscape materials have some variation in colour, however black granite takes consistency to a whole new level. And whatever style you want, from classic to rustic and elegant to trendy, black granite is colour that doesn’t go out of style and remains a timeless feature for decades to come.
But no matter how much we love black granite, there are times when it’s simply not the right one suitable for your home or taste. So if you’re finding it difficult or expensive to get Jet Black, Midnight Black or Cambrian Black granite, we have four alternatives that are readily available at STONEarch – Carbon Basalt, Onyx Black, New Ebony and Black Limestone.
Carbon is a black granite alternative with enduring quality. This basalt stone can withstand harsh weather and tough winter salt. Hence, it will serve you for many years. But what makes the hardscape material stand out is its medium-dark gray hues combined with dark gray flecks, making it ruggedly handsome. What’s more, it has a flamed top finish, allowing for a non-skid surface while providing a natural texture with more dimension. Basalt stone is one of the most durable stones available on the planet, as it is formed through thousands of years of volcanic rock and compression, making it more dense and durable than some granites.
Onyx Black is an extremely exquisite alternative to black granite. It has a very dark black shade that will look almost black even in broad daylight. One of the most distinctive features of this granite is its finish with fine crystals that will sparkle under the sunlight. This natural stone is perfect to pair with our New Ebony granite or Carbon basalt pavers. It’s designed to be a focal point for an outdoor kitchen due to the unique finish and vibrant crystallization.
When STONEarch introduced Ebony granite to the market, it became one of the most sought-after natural stones, particularly in custom homes. New Ebony is our latest version of black granite. We made some improvements in this granite, making it the most premium stone for all landscape architects, home builders, and contractors alike.
It features medium to dark shades of black and has that classic velvet charm that will bring your modern landscape designs to a whole new level. Moreover, it is elegant, long-lasting, and has a flamed finish that makes for an anti-skid surface suitable in all climates.
New Ebony granite is the most popular alternative to Cambrian Black and Jet Black particularly in higher-end residential and most commercial landscape projects. We can also offer specialized custom options such as black granite benches, black granite curbs, and polished black granite fountains.
Black Limestone is a very unique and durable dolomite limestone, making it a good option in place of Kota Black if you’re looking for a stone that is very consistent and uniform in black tones. Therefore, it’s perfect for achieving a bold and striking landscape. In fact, it’s one of the top choices of landscape architects, contractors, and builders in terms of black natural stones.
One thing to remember with this stone is that it is a limestone which makes it less durable than a granite. We recommend sealing our black limestone as it will fade from UV over time losing its rich, dark black colour. This is the most cost effective natural stone that we sell, however it’s important to remember it is a limestone which is less durable than our Basalt and Granite natural stone options discussed earlier in this article.