These perennials feature bright yellow blooms in the late summer and aromatic foliage. They can grow up to 6 feet and can thrive in partial shade-full sun. Goldenrod will attract sparrows, grosbeaks, bobwhites, juncos, and other seed-eating birds. Zones 4-8
The Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)
is the most common American songbird with a widespread range throughout North America. Look for a brown, streaked back, pale, spotted belly, and a large dark spot in the chest area. Typically measure 5-7 inches long with a wingspan of 7-9 inches. According to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, some California subspecies are currently vulnerable to habitat loss and are listed as a special concern.