I am new to gardening as having previously lived in a townhouse. So I'm looking for input. I have a small ranch house with a postage size front lawn. The previous owners planted two Bradford Pears that dwarf the house and are too close to my home, in addition to just being a poor choice of a tree. So they are coming down. I'm thinking of an Eastern Redbud - Forest Pansy variety. Any thoughts? Also, what would be good companion plantings?