Is there any way to make those 5-gallon black plastic plant pots look non-hideous? I don't have money to buy pots, especially not big ones, so I'm planning to wrap them in (affordable) fabric. Most likely, I will use a brown fabric to try to blend with the terracotta ones I already have. If anyone has suggestions, please let me know. Our balcony also gets extremely hot so I am hoping to figure out a way to insulate the roots somehow, perhaps with some type of batting.
It would be great to find something durable, very cheap, not bad for the planet, and not ugly. Maybe a nicer version of burlap? My roommate is sensitive to the whole "shanty-town" thing. Understandably. I assume it is not worth it to try to paint a plastic pot that's going to be in full sun?